It’s still September, isn’t it? Is it just me or has this month flown by? I’m still stuck in August- maybe it is the Arizona weather but what ever.
This temporary house we’re living in is down the street from a large Lutheran church. As I was driving home from my own Sunday services I noticed how full the nearby Lutheran church was- the parking lot was full and people were parking on the streets. This made me inwardly smile a bit, people of faith who truly strive to live the tenants of their faith give me hope for the future. My smile quickly turned to a look of puzzlement when I took notice of what the parishioners were wearing to Sunday service. Adults in jeans, tween boys in plaid skater shorts and van looking tennis shoes? I didn’t see a single pair of heels or tie.
Now, don’t get me wrong I don’t think God looks down with disdain when He sees people on their way to worship Him in cut-offs and flip flops. I honestly think He rejoices when any of His children seek to come unto Him.
I was raised in the LDS (aka Mormon) faith and we are big dresser-upper-ers. Pondering about other religious services I have attended I tried to remember what the general attire was…I wore a long skirt when I visited the Vatican out of respect for modesty. I attended a Catholic Mass where everyone was dressed up (but, it was a funeral so..??). When I was young I attended Easter Services at a Methodist church, I, along with my friends wore the nicest pants we had packed for our trip and I don’t remember feeling out of place. Most of what I remember about that service was the Pastor sprinkling everyone with Holy Water from a tree branch. I honestly don’t know what typical Sunday Service dress is outside my own faith. I am curious, can anyone fill me in?
I began to ponder on why I personally dress up for church and my answer is simple. It makes the day more special. In our world of cell phones, portable tablets and insta-everything it is so easy to take work, social life and myriad of other things with you every where you go. Sunday can very easily become just another day of the week. You can attend the movies, gallery openings, sports games or heck even do your grocery shopping. What outwardly signs are there that Sunday is the Sabbath?
The only thing in today present social climate that keeps the Sabbath day Holy is how we choose to acknowledge and recognize it. I attend services and religious meetings on Sunday, I’m a firm believer in “Sunday Dinner” and I dress differently than I do on any other day of the week; those are my ways of recognizing the Sabbath. I wear a dress or skirt/blouse, and enjoy the opportunity to wear a pair of heels.
While what you wear to church is certainly a personal (and even financial) choice, I’m sticking with my dress and heels. Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week (followed by any other day of the week that my husband doesn’t work and my kids are in school). I love the opportunity to be inspired by the righteous men and women I choose to surround myself with, I love big hearty Sunday dinners, I love dresses and fancy shoes, I love Sunday naps but mostly I love the Spirit that we seek to bring into our lives that day (and strive for on everyday!).