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Dawna's Blog 19th November

Mary Chapin Carpenter's song This Shirt tells the story of her well loved and well-worn shirt.  She doesn't describe it based on the colour or fabric but by the experiences she has lived in it.  It's always interesting when we pull out clothes from another season to find interesting bits and bobs in the pockets: tickets from an event we attended, tissues, receipts, programs and sometimes even money.  Each one reminding us of a time in our near or distant past, some conjuring up clear memories and others confounding us.  In the life of the church, we have seasons, songs and scriptures which do similar things in our life together.  Some stories are familiar and well-loved, like a favourite shirt or jacket.  Others long forgotten or less comfortable but still evoking another time and place in our lives and our understanding of God.  As we move from Ordinary Time to Advent, our readings shift from the parables and toward what it might look like for the kingdom of God to come near to us in the return of Jesus to our world.  These explorations can feel like trying on a brand new outfit and can be uncomfortable.  The dis-ease created by donning something we've not worn often, or don't like wearing, can be unsettling, but can also open our eyes to new ways of seeing ourselves and our world.  This week we look at our faith story through the lens of a judge named Deborah whose life and leadership follows that of Moses and Joshua.  Our gospel reading outlines a story in which talents are entrusted in different amounts and with different responses from three people who work for him.  The epistle reading helps us to make the connections between these very different stories as St. Paul reminds the church that they are called to wear the breastplate of love and faith and encourage one another.  No matter what we're wearing - our favourite, well-worn shirt, a brand new party frock or our everyday wash and wear, the breastplate of faith and love is an accessory for all outfits, occasions and seasons.  
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