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.

  • thom

    Great outfit! As always… shyou look MAHVELOUS!

  • thom

    I had to return to this again… it’s been sticking with me and hanging around all morning… what an amazing call, and reminder of the call… to be “clothed in love.” Almost impossible to conceive, but astonishing to imagine… a coat of many colors to truly wrap myself in and take into the world… regardless of the chapeau.

  • Erin

    Beautiful, practical, sacred imagery. No wonder I am so tired
    some days! All those hats!

    I am trying to learn ways to build in *pause* between the changing hats. More reflection on “what just happened” before I rush forward to “do the next thing”.

    Thanks. Clothed in Love. Always!


  • Lorraine

    Thank you, Elizabeth, for highlighting this amazing truth. There’s no competing for fashion with this universal outfit of Love!

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  • Barbara

    Nicely said! It’s an image I can carry with me: a woman clothed in love and in hats of many colors.

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