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Why Doesn’t Anybody Wear Shoes in this City?

In Hugh Price Hughes’ story, the "City of Everywhere," a man arrived in a city one cold morning. as he got off the train, the station was like any other station with the crowds and redcaps, except that everybody was barefooted. they wore no shoes. He noticed the cab driver was barefooted. "Pardon me," he asked the driver, "I was just wondering why you don’t wear shoes. Don’t you believe in shoes?"

"Sure we do," said the driver.

"Why don’t you wear them?"

"Ah that’s the question," came the reply. "why don’t we wear shoes? Why don’t we?"

At the hotel it was the same. The clerk, the bell boys, everybody was barefooted. In the coffe shop he noticed a nice-looking fellow at a table opposite him who was also barefooted. He said, "I notice you aren’t wearing any shoes. I wonder why? Don’t you know about shoes?"

The man replied, "Of course I know about shoes."

"Then why don’t you wear them?"

"Ah, that’s the question. Why don’t we? Why don’t we?"

After breakfast he walked out on the street in the snow but every persoin he saw was barefooted. He asked another man about it, and pointed out how shoes protect the feet from cold. The man said, "We know about shoes. See that building yonder? That is a shoe factory. we are proud of that plant and every week we gather there to hear the man in charge tell about shoes and how wonderful they are."

"Then why don’t you wear shoes?"

"Ah that’s the question."

Don’t we believe in prayer? Don’t we know what it could mean in our lives? Then why don’t we pray? Ah that’s the question... Why don’t we? (copied from City of everywhere pp. 632-633 - Nelson’s Complete Stories, Illustrations, & Quotations but originally from Charles Allen, All things are Possible Through Prayer, Westwood, NJ: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1963, pp.52-53)

From a sermon by Adam Cain, Prayer Types, 12/4/2009

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