God in the Garments
Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
While in seminary, I took a course in Christian Ethics. As a part of the class, I watched the movie Romero about the great Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. Romero organized peaceful protests in favor of the poor and against a horrific military regime. He was eventually assassinated. In one particularly poignant scene, Romero slowly dresses in his priestly garments. He slips on his robe and straightens his stole. The care with which he dresses gives me chills. After seeing this movie, I became intrigued with the importance of what clergy and people of many other professions wear. I asked my then ministry supervisor, Jeff, about his choice of clergy garb. He told me he selected his clergy robe because of the twenty buttons that line the front of it. Jeff said it was a terribly impractical choice but it accomplishes what he needs each Sunday: to be forced to slow down and be reminded that God has called him to this vocation of shining Christ’s light in the world. Many of us wear uniforms in our work: scrubs, clergy collars, combat boots, tool belts, baby carriers, school IDs. No matter what our uniforms are, we can choose to see them as the armor of God, a reminder that God is always with us and is calling us to stand for love and against injustice.
Prayer: Holy God, Help us to slow down and notice that you are with us. Help us to put on the garments of our work prayerfully, knowing that all that we do can be holy work that allows your light to shine through us. Amen