We have emerged from what has been the most stressful year of our lives. So, it’s understandable why a recent survey of U.S. consumers indicates that, as this pandemic winds down, most of us who have the option will dress “more comfortably” when we return to work.*
Perhaps such clothing will help ease our anxiety and conceal our suffering.
What we wear may seem trivial, but the psychology behind it runs deep. For instance, Adam and Eve were definitely under stress after they sinned in the Garden of Eden. They ate from the Tree of Knowledge and suddenly saw more than they ever wanted to see. Surprisingly, their first thought was, What to wear? as they covered themselves with fig leaves to hide their nakedness.
Today in contrast, there are amazing pandemic survivors who continue to wear their clothing proudly as an outward expression of a God–ordained purpose, rather than to cover their vulnerabilities.
In this issue of SACONNECTS, we show you a few inspiring examples. On our “Thrift Store Finds” page, you’re going to see a mother and daughter in affordable outfits as they enjoy a delightful day in the park.
In a feature article, you’ll see a young carpenter, clad in a cool–looking, multi–pocketed shop apron, make exquisite furniture and help build character in men. In our “Volunteer Spotlight,” a reverend dressed in her ministerial robe and collar strives to defeat sexual trafficking in communities.
In another article, a cyclist equipped in colorful gear appreciates God’s creation during a rigorous country ride. In a story that looks back on history, Salvation Army pastors in uniform inspire racial healing in South Africa. Our main feature shows several armored police officers of color as they strive to keep the peace as well as share their faith during mass protest marches.
The coming days, weeks, and months will challenge us still. We are still deeply hurt from all that has happened to us. But be encouraged. God still has work for us to do. So rather than get dressed to be comfortable, have faith and—dress on purpose.
Warren L. Maye
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