Sorting Hats

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.



About Elizabeth Nordquist

Elizabeth Nordquist is a Presbyterian pastor, teacher, and spiritual director who writes on women's issues, spirituality and Scripture, and what is happening in the world--hers, her neighborhood, the Church and the world. Each day she looks for ways in which the Spirit is moving in and around her.


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