As a child he would squeeze his Christmas packages. If they were soft, then he knew it wasn’t the toy he wanted.
No, it would be something much less desirable…like clothes.
A new sweater.
A new pair of pants.
But it certainly wasn’t the toy he wanted!
Fast forward 50 years…
The same man that didn’t want clothes as a child, spoke beautifully from the pulpit yesterday of the clothing gifts we receive from the Lord. And how lovely these gifts truly are, when we clothe ourselves in them.
When we put them on.
When they become part of WHO. WE. ARE.
The gift of compassion. And kindness. And humility. And gentleness. And patience.
In the new year, I hope to put on these clothes. And I hope to wear them more consistently than I did this year.
I will try to be more compassionate and sympathetic and less indifferent.
I will try to be kinder and less cruel…especially with my tongue.
I will try to be more humble and less prideful.
I will try to be more gentle and less harsh.
I will try to be more patient and less agitated.
If I clothe myself in these virtues, then I know I will be a better person.
I will be easier to live with! There will be less tension, less stress and less strife in my life. And in my home.
This is my goal…to put these items on every day when I climb out of bed.
Oh, I know I will fail. But as least I can try.
I am not one for making resolutions. Probably because I don’t like to fail.
I have been afraid to pick a “word” like so many bloggers for the same reason.
But this…these virtues…these beautiful qualities that Paul writes of in Colossians, I want to wear them.
I want to live them.
And I can. If I pray and read them everyday.
Won’t you join me in putting these clothes on every day? Or at least trying to wear them daily?
I’ll think I will be exploring these virtues more this year. Wanna join me? We can share how they are changing our lives. And maybe they will become as comfortable as our favorite jeans and sweatshirt!
It's an amazing idea to be clothed beautifully in conduct and the gifts of God. Thank you for a new perspective heading into this new year.
Thank you for stopping by, Amy. I just hopped over to your place…I love your word for 2013!
Oh Mary, so very beautiful. You captured the homily beautifully and YES–I will join you.
Happy New Year!
That's great, Kathleen…because I will need someone to travel this journey with me!
Your words here are very beautiful, Mary. Yes, I'd love to be clothed in these virtues and I'd love to read your thoughts on them. Have a blessed New Year!
Thank you, Mary.
Beautifully written Mary 🙂
Thank you, Katie!