"No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse."
I can't tell you the last time I bought a dress. Not because I can't buy one, but because I hardly ever have cause to wear one.
Not even to church.
Our contemporary service welcomes casual attire. And, I welcome being able to wear my jeans seven days a week.
There are two services a year, however, when my jeans stay in the closet: Christmas Eve and Easter. Somehow, wearing pants of any description seems incongruous on these high holy days.
So, last Christmas, out comes the trusty holiday jumper with its tasteful sprigs of embroidered holly gracing a black bodice. Add a white turtleneck and some black boots, and I'm good to go.
Last Easter, I pull my special occasion dress from the rack. Presto! All decked out and ready to welcome the Lord with "alleluias" silenced these forty days of Lent.
But, there is that tug. A disquieting whisper in my heart . . .
This is Easter . . . shouldn't you be wearing something new?
"That's just an old tradition," I say to myself, trying to brush away my sudden unease. "Mostly for kids since they outgrow their clothes and have to have new ones."
Is it? Is it, really?
In reading today's scripture, it hits me. We wear new clothing on Easter because Jesus has restored us through His glorious resurrection.
What better outward and visible sign could we show for this than by donning a fresh, never-before-worn outfit? One that reminds us of the redeeming grace of our Lord?
Who has made all things new.
Within and without . . .
What will you be wearing this Easter?
Will you pray with me?
We thank you, Father, for the new life given to us through Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. May we honor the new creations we are through Him in all our thoughts, words, and deeds. And, when we fall short of the mark, Lord, please forgive us. Amen.
Psalms 40, 54 or 51
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
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