"Clothe yourself in compassion . . . ."
Among the many beautiful phrases in this passage of Scripture, this one especially sparks my imagination. I like to picture myself actually covered from head to toe in a cloak of compassion. My hope is that-like a cloak-compassion will warm me until it becomes an integral part of who I am.
Paul elaborates on this theme in his letter to the Ephesians by using this visual description:
"Put on the armor of God:
Buckle truth around your waist,
Add integrity for a breastplate,
Wear shoes eager to spread the Gospel,
Carry a shield of faith,
Put on the helmet of salvation . . . ."
When I take this to heart, I can see myself literally clothed in this spiritual armor. I can imagine it permeating my very being.
My prayer is that we might all deepen our call to "put on the armor of God" throughout this season of Lent and beyond.