My grandmother Margaret gave me her two vintage Hermes scarves before she passed.
I didn’t know what I would do with them. They were beautiful, but I felt they were a bit mature for my “look” which consisted of knit long sleeve tees and jeans. After almost a decade of admiring their orange boxes in my closet, I added them to my wardrobe. They go with everything! And when I wear them, I am reminded of her.
What does this gift of fashion have to do with faith? Often someone older shares the gift of faith with someone younger. And for a time, it may not fit. But when we are ready—it can become part of our wardrobe and our life.
We can’t control when our granddaughters, sisters or friends will receive our gifts of faith (or fashion), and it’s really not up to us. It’s up to God. And God’s timing. Keep sharing the gift of faith; you don’t know when it might fit.
This message is excerpted from “The gift of faith and fashion” by Elizabeth McBride from the March 19, 2015, blog of Women of the ELCA.
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