Wednesday, November 01, 2023


“Clothe yourselves with love!” (Colossians 3: 12-17)

What we wear tells the world a lot about who we are. The choices we make about the clothing we wear announce our values, beliefs, and priorities to those around us. Each morning, as we prepare to go to work or to school or to run errands, we choose what to wear based on where we are going and what we will be doing. What we wear to church may be different from what we wear to work in the garden. The type of clothing we choose also depends on the weather and many other factors. Some people put a lot of thought into what they will wear. Others throw on the first thing they find in the pile on the floor.

In his letter to the Christians in Colossae, the Apostle Paul encourages them to think about how they present themselves to each other and to the world. He reminds all of us that we have the choice of how we will greet the world: Will we choose to wrap ourselves in the things of God? Will we show compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience to the world? Will we wear the overcoat of love that leads to harmony?

Our culture encourages us to buy designer clothing; to wear the labels of companies on our bodies; to clearly exhibit our allegiance to sports teams and rock bands. As Christians, we are invited to show our allegiance to God: to wear the things of God, the things that make for peace, the things that lift up our sisters and brothers, the things that promote harmony.

In this district, we do not all believe the same things in the same way, but we claim our identity as brothers and sisters in Christ. We may not choose the same t-shirt, but we do choose the same God. Let us agree to dress alike so that we are all clothed with the love of Jesus Christ.

Christy Waltersdorff, York Center