A parishioner made this coat for me. I put this amazing robe on, proudly wearing my many colors. I thought back to the years when I couldn’t have dreamed of putting this on for fear of being ridiculed. I thought of the times that I felt trapped in my own skin, unable to be who I am in fear that I would not be accepted as the person that God created me to be.
Today, however, is a new day. There is no fear, only joy. There is hope in the wake of a past fraught with awful struggle and pain. My coat fits me just right, and my colors I wear boldlly. This is the best part of me; vibrant and bold.
The truth is, we all have colors that we keep hidden out of fear that we will be made to feel inadequate and less than others. I say, “Forget that! Wear your colors proud and strong!” Live into your own uniqueness; your brilliance. The world will be a much kinder and happier place.
Everyone needs to see you for who you are. They need to know that despite a painful past, you will not live in shame or regret. You come with vibrant and vital hues and shades. You are indeed God’s handiwork. You are a masterpiece, made in the image of the Holy One.
Today I am thankful for the incredible hands that made this coat for me. One (of many) of my amazing parishioners, who continue to let me lead them. I am touched beyond words. Blessed beyond measure, and glad to be a part of an amazing church family.
Praise be to our amazing God, who continues to paint our souls with innovative and wonderful colors. We share our hearts and transform a world that has a little too much black and white. We restore passion into those places that are lifeless and exist without reason. We are the many colors of God, displayed on a tapestry of hope led by our amazing healer.