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  • Long ago, there lived an old shoemaker named Martin.

  • Martin lived alone in his home shop.

  • But his work was of the finest quality

  • and he was always honest with his customers.

  • He tried to live the way the Savior taught.

  • One night as he was sleeping, he heard a voice.

  • "Martin. Martin. Look tomorrow on the streets for I am coming."

  • Martin awoke unsure if he had been dreaming.

  • That morning, he set to work as usual.

  • But could not help but look steadfastly out the window onto the street.

  • Just in case his beloved Savior appeared.

  • As he was watching, Martin noticed an old soldier out in the freezing cold

  • shoveling snow.

  • Martin invited him into his shop and gave him something warm to drink.

  • Later in the day, Martin noticed a young mother cradling a small child in her arms.

  • She had no coat.

  • Martin insisted she come in and warm herself by the fire.

  • He learned that the day before, she had sold her shawl to buy food.

  • After she had eaten, the old cobbler gave her some coins.

  • And gave her his own coat.

  • In the evening, an old woman selling some apples appeared.

  • A hungry little boy came along and tried to steal an apple.

  • But the woman grabbed him and threatened to take him to the police.

  • Martin rushed out into the street and begged her to let the boy go.

  • Martin paid for the apple himself and gave it to the boy.

  • He promised to not steal again.

  • Martin returned to his shop and kept working.

  • When night came, Martin put his tools away,

  • disappointed that he waited all day and his Savior had not come.

  • As he lit the candle however,

  • a voice whispered to him,

  • "Martin. Martin. Did you not recognize me?"

  • From the dim corner of his shop,

  • the old soldier, the mother and her child, the boy and the old woman stepped into the light.

  • "It is I" they whispered.

  • And then the old cobbler understood.

  • He pulled out his well worn scriptures and read these words,

  • "For I was an hungered. and ye gave me meat.

  • I was thirsty and ye gave me drink.

  • I was a stranger and ye took me in.

  • In as much as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren

  • ye have done it unto me."

  • Then Martin knew his dream had been real after all

  • and the Savior truly had visited him that day.

Long ago, there lived an old shoemaker named Martin.

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The Old Shoemaker

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