Words of Hope: Clothe Yourselves

One of my dad’s favorite scriptures was Colossians 3:12-17. It starts, “Therefore as God’s chosen people holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion… Dad loved imagining clothing himself with these intangible qualities. He would pause and take time to mentally picture how compassion might feel like as a piece of clothing—does it wrap around like a comfy robe, or is it a favorite shirt with a great slogan? What color is compassion? How did he feel clothed in compassion? Would others notice he is clothed in compassion? Paul gives us five items to be clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Dad would take time with each and mentally try them on. He wanted to live this scripture as completely as possible fully. I love that about Dad. I imagine my life right now—which piece of clothing do I need to pause and put on right now? I think I will select gentleness. I am compassionate, but I am also fierce. I am fiery. I could use more gentleness. I will picture putting on fluffy, soft mittens. I tend to prefer gloves because you can do more things. Mittens will require me to slow down. They will require me to be more intentional. I will have to counteract my practicality and think more before grabbing something, typing something, or reacting to something. Mittens are perfect for harsh and chilly weather—a good reminder when dealing with a difficult situation. I hope everyone I touch feels the warmth and gentleness of their interactions with me. Thanks, Dad, for a fun way to be a more loving person.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” – Colossians 3:12