From Season of Promises
God is our clothing. In his love he wraps and holds us. He enfolds us for love, and he will never let us go. I saw that he is to us everything that is good. (Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love)
The Advent season is a season of homely things – “homely” in the dictionary’s first meaning of the word, “characteristic of the home or of home life.” Advent is a season of homely things because during this season we prepare for the coming of a homely God, a God who is at home with us. Our God is so at home with us that Dame Julian of Norwich, a 13th-century homely English mystic and all-around practical person, said that God is “our clothing.” Imagine that.
Here we go through our day with God as our clothing, head to toe. God is our underwear. God is our socks and shoes. God is our dress or skirt, or God is our pants and shirt. If we live where winters are cold, God is the coat we put on before we go outside to face the cold. God is the muffler we wrap around our neck, and God is the winter hat we put upon our head. Imagine that.
Here we go during Advent, and God is our clothing. Looking forward to the birth of the Messiah, and God is our clothing. Oh delightful idea. Oh marvelous thing to recall while dressing in the morning. At night, when we prepare for sleep, God is the pajamas or nightgown we put on before we slip beneath the covers. Imagine that.
If we think of God as our clothing we will have less anxiety about “measuring up” to the standards established by a commercially driven fashion industry. If God is our clothing, during Advent we can think more about “putting on the Lord Jesus Christ,” (see Romans 13:14). Imagine that.
Lord our God, help me to trust more in your constant love that surrounds me and all those I love. Amen.