I have a loveseat in my bedroom with all the necessary clothing for any kind of Wisconsin weather. Saves time looking through the closet. On my couch is a T-shirt, shorts, blue jeans, sweater, light and heavy socks, light and heavy shirt. I know it sounds messy but it’s at the ready like last week when 86 suddenly switched numbers. You won’t catch me off guard!
Good ole’ St. Paul has his preparations for any kind of weather. However, his collection needs a chest, a big chest, at the foot of your bed. Inside it is full armor against “the devil’s schemes.” Then there’s the “belt of truth,” (I’m sure Amazon carries it), matching the “breastplate of righteousness” (buy the set from Amazon). This ensemble is complimented with “your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” I guess that means comfortable shoes walking with the Lord through all weathering times of life. Next in his chest is the “shield of faith” to “extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” St. Paul didn’t forget about your head. It’s the “helmet of salvation.” Instead of gloves, St. Paul suggests the “sword of the Spirit” which is the word of God.
It is highly suggested that you never run equipped with St. Paul’s separates. (I think Amazon says that on the tags in very small print.)
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if surrender to Your will; so that I may reasonable happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.” Reinhold Niebuhr
When I can home from the parish I put on shorts. By 8:00 p.m. the sweater and jeans came out. I guess I’m “reasonably happy” today.