Just A Jacket

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It arrived many years ago in a brown grocery paper bag with a string tied around the bulky package. My mom had found the winter jacket at a garage sale and thought of me. It was an extravagant gift. My mom didn’t have much money during that period in her life and had stopped buying gifts.

The jacket is worn out now with a tattered lining. I was at least the second owner and it is obvious that the jacket was loved and worn, even before my time. The jacket has outlived its purpose, yet it hangs in my closet taking up valuable space.

I know the reason why I keep it. It was unique. Whenever I wore that jacket, I could count on at least one stranger complimenting it. As soon as I arrived home from running errands, I would tell my husband that another person liked the jacket. It was a long-running joke between us because I loved everything about the jacket, the fabric, design and color, whereas my husband never cared for it.

I know the real reason why I keep it. It is a jacket that my mom lovingly picked out, touched, and sent to me as a surprise of her love. My mom has been gone for four years now. That jacket is still a connection to my mom in the flesh. I imagine my mom spying the jacket at a garage sale and remarking, “I know my daughter will love this!”

As we downsized houses and sorted through too much stuff, the subject of getting rid of the jacket came up over and over. I would put it in the donate pile one day and take it out the next day. My husband finally told me to keep it. We would make room for the jacket. Something as ordinary as a coat captured my heart.

The prophet Isaiah speaks of the ordinary and then reminds us of the extraordinary beauty of Jesus Christ that captures our hearts.

He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him (Isaiah 53:2). But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5).

The ordinary became the eternal definition of love expressed. The unique gift from our Father in heaven is a garment of salvation that always looks beautiful and never becomes tattered in the hearts of His children.

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels (Isaiah 61:10.)

Jesus cloaks us with God’s extravagant love that transforms the ordinary and changes hearts with the extraordinary. We wear God’s love as a garment that holds us in His loving arms and never lets go. Make room. You are loved!

 

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Just A Jacket

  1. Your mother clothed you in a beautiful coat that suited you well. The Lord clothes us in righteousness. Both show extravagant love!. I’m touched by how your mother knew that coat would delight you … and it continues to do so because of the gift and the giver. May we always remember God’s extravagant gift of His Son.

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  2. I have come to learn a great deal from Isaiah, strength, courage, faith and trust in God. There were so many gift of Love from my Mum over the years. I have moved around a great deal over the past few years settling. I have one piece of her tapestry that has travelled Australia with me. I keep it folded. Today I find salvation in God and know I can do anything in God. The great love of our parent and the Father we have in heaven.

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  3. I loved your remembrance of your Mothers gift Debbie, I buy most of my clothes secondhand and surprisingly some have never been worn, they still have the original price tag on them.

    Sadly this is the same with the Clock of Righteousness that Jesus offers us to cover our past Sins, many don’t put it on they discard it and it’s left unused.

    Yes it’s so True Debbie that when we are clothed in Righteousness we will walk in Righteousness as the Scripture below confirms, we walk as Jesus walked when we are Perfected in Love, Holy and Righteously.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 6-7 ) Whosoever abideth in Him Sinneth not: whosoever Sinneth hath not seen Him neither known Him. Little Children let no Man deceive you, he that doeth Righteousness is Righteous, even as He is Righteous.

    1John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made Perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment because as He is so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love but Perfect Love casteth out fear because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made Perfect in Love. We Love Him because He first Loved us.

    Christian Love Always – Annie.

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    • Annie, what a great analogy you made with the brand new and unused cloak of righteousness that Jesus offers to us. Some people miss the most beautiful gift that can be theirs simply because they don’t put on the cloak of righteousness that has their name on it and fits perfectly! Thanks for adding more Scriptures to show the “context” of the Isaiah passage.

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    • Awwww…. now that is the biggest compliment (to print out and reread!) Thanks! My mom and I had our ups and downs of course. However, when they are gone, it is the good memories that have stuck with me!

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