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Written by Angela M. Riddick. All material posted by Poetic Mustard Seeds is protected by copyright.

Dedicated to my son, Matthew

I watched you barely make it up to the gigantic brown leather chair

that seemed to swallow you whole

and …

it occurred to me that you’d soon be a man striving to live in a world

that is waiting to swallow you whole

I must prepare you to walk in many shoes

and …

encourage you to stop, every now and then

for an energizing

soul lifting

shoeshine

“Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Mark 1:40-41 NKJV