My Favorite Picture of Feet from Ethiopia

Our book delivery team drove from Addis Ababa to the ‘wild west’ city of Jimma. Along the road, we stopped to look at some grave markers painted with stories of the deceased person’s life.  

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We met a family that had come to visit the grave of a loved one.

 

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I stood alongside the mother.

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On Monday I will return to ‘followingfeet’ from various sources.  The theme next week is ‘Nomads’.

A Green Shoe and A Red Shoe

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This past November, I traveled with friends through the mountainous areas of southeastern Ethiopia. While in an open air restaurant, we feasted on chickpea ‘wat’ and ‘injera’ bread. But it was the waiter’s footwear that captivated me. I couldn’t take my eyes off his delightful green and red shoe combination.

That day we delivered over 1000 free books to remote schools in the Imagine1Day network. (www.imagine1day.org). The book (“Loss of Innocence” by Yosef Ayalew) is an illustrated script of teenage characters encountering and problem-solving the intentional spread of HIV/AIDS. Schools and community groups throughout Ethiopia now have this book in hand.  Many plan to act it out.

But that day, my eyes were fixed on a red shoe and a green shoe.

Throughout 2014, you will see photos of feet in Ethiopia interspersed in the different weekly themes on this blog www.followingfeet.com.  As I explore and lay out the symbolism of messages that feet deliver, I will be asking God for deeper revelation and guidance. How do the spiritual messages pair up with the physical? Can the unconcious symbolism of feet teach us to walk more consciously with God?  

For now, a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you. Teresa Sandhu