“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:12-14
Every day, we decide what clothes we will wear. We may decide to put on our work out clothes because we’re heading to the gym or stay in our pj’s because we’re not feeling well or we might remember we want to get dressed up later that day for an evening out. We try to have our clothing match our plans (and not just the weather!)
This passage from Colossians uses the metaphor of choosing clothes to remind us that we also make a decision each day regarding our spiritual attitude and mindset with which we will clothe ourselves.
What if we were to give thought each morning to the spiritual attitudes and mindsets we will wear throughout the day?
The Celts wove prayer into the actions of each day. For example, as they got dressed in the morning, they would pray “that God would clothe their souls with grace; and that they would also put on the mind of Christ”. When they put on their coats they would pray “that God would cover them with protection”.
Love is a decision, not just a feeling. Perhaps for the next few days you might try following the Celtic way of praying. As you are choosing what to wear and then getting dressed, pause to reflect on how you might also decide to clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience for the day.
Linda Ashfield, minister at Knox Waterloo