For Day Nineteen, I am thankful for clothing.
I'm gonna go ahead and admit something to you: I have two closets that are just for my clothing. And almost two dressers are full of clothes. And yet, most mornings, I still wake up and wonder "what should I wear today?"
Of course, I have my favorite items of clothing that I wear every week and some things in my closets are just for special occasions, but I am not someone who has ever had to wear rags (hand-me-downs, yes, but they were nice things that were generously passed on to me). And personally, if there's anything I'm glad about in the story of Adam and Eve, it's the fact that we don't have to walk around in our birthday suits anymore. Not that I'd be a big fan of wearing grape leaves made into clothes, but I really don't think I'd be comfortable the other way either.
There have been times when I have wondered (OK, worried) about having enough money to buy new clothes for myself or my son, but every one of those times was an example of unnecessary worry. Jesus reminds us in Matthew that we don't have to worry about what we will eat and what we will wear. He takes care of that just fine! And I am thankful!
"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:25-33