I awake to a new day, and wonder which hat to wear. At 8 a.m., I don the Homemaker hat in which I make sure that the house is ready for guests. At 8:30 I change into the Advisor hat, helping someone with a writing project. Next in line is the Convener hat which allows me to gather conversations into sacred moments. And stack of hats awaits the unfolding of the day: the writer’s beret for imaging, the fascinator for elegant conversation, the visor for protection; so many hats in so little time!
Yet as I try to differentiate and choose, I am reminded that the hat does not matter as much as what I choose to wear.
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience…
Above all, clothes yourselves in love. Colossians 3: 12, 14
So I continue my day clad in Love, compassion for those people who help me in house and garden, kindness to medical technicians and store clerks, humility as I sit down to negotiate, meekness as I try to unscramble the snafus of the hour, and patience as I welcome and celebrate exuberant grandchildren into my home. I may switch hats many time during this day, but the basic Go-To Outfit for All Occasions is Love. And I can wear it because I am loved by the Beloved who knows and calls me by name.
Loving God, here I am.