My Wonderful Coat of Many Colors


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.

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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