After years loving an array of colors, purple started appearing in my life. Most are likely familiar with Jenny Joseph’s “Warning,” that begins, “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple …” I can’t help but think of that poem these days. It’s the final stanza that causes me to chuckle.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
Next month I’ll turn 56 and that’s not old, to be sure. But I do spend time these days reflecting on what that next stage of life will be. Where is God calling me? I’ll claim my love affair with purple as one piece of practice for that day when I will be old!
Today we remember Toyohiko Kagawa, renewer of society, died 1960. This excerpt is from a February 2015 post, “My Unexpected Love Affair with Purple,” by Linda Post Bushkofsky in Women of the ELCA’s blog.