Some people collect postage stamps or teddy bears or vintage china teacups. Me? I collect tote bags.
Once I began working for the church, the tote bags started piling up fast. And then every so often I’d spot a cute or clever tote bag for sale that would join my growing collection. I expanded my use of the bags, taking them to the farmer’s market or using them to hold quilting or knitting projects.
I have tote bags collected up inside bigger tote bags. That was the first sign that my collection was growing too big. Over the years I’ve found it hard to give away tote bags. Many bags hold a memory. The time has come, however, to pare down the collection.
It’s so easy to get far too attached to things instead of focusing on God, people, relationships and God’s good creation.
This message is an excerpt from a Woman of the ELCA blog by Linda Post Bushkofsky. Today is the 14th Sunday after Pentecost.
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