Late on Sunday evening,
with cars slowing to a stop,
I saw you stretched out on the road
covered by a tarp.
Your shoes were scattered ‘cross the pavement
your head just a shadow
and I thought what a shame to see a life extinguished so
When I got home I didn’t really think about it anymore
too busy with the now, and future, and morning to mourn for you.
But as I drive to work, when the sun is barely rising,
I see your shoe abandoned on the pavement.
That lone and single shoe the only monument to your death,
a silent gravestone marking the looming mortal shadow
that most prefer to forget.
And as I look at it, just sitting there, as if forgotten and
not flung from your lifeless form,
I wonder how many morning drivers see it there
and think it incidental.
How strange that when they took your body from the road
they left your shoe to remind us
how quick the vapor dries.
Paul speaks of how all nature screams the glory of the Lord
and the fact that we don’t hear it,
that we don’t read it,
we don’t see it,
is not indicative of its silence
but rather of our deafened ears and blindness.
And your shoe is the same, exactly the same:
Profound to those without the veil
yet meaningless to all the rest,
just a lost and lonely shoe.
“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” – James 4:14
“But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.” – 2 Corinthians 3:16
“For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” – Romans 1:19-25