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God's Apron

Good morning. It is Friday, January 7, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.


A couple of years ago I was at my aunt and uncle’s house for the Christmas meal. Shortly after arriving, I headed for the kitchen and asked my aunt how I could help. The first thing she did was hand me an apron. I smiled! It had been years since I had worn an apron. Truth be told I do not own an apron. It seems that tradition is fading.


As I put the apron on, I began to reminisce about my grams. Grams often wore an apron, especially after church. It was the thing to do before washing and drying clothes became so easy. An apron protected your good clothes from the stains that are often associated with cooking. But Aprons were more than that.


Several years ago, I read an article on the many uses of an apron. I tried finding that same article today and came up short, but I did find one that was close.


I found this on appalachianhistory.net.


“The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.


It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.


From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks and sometimes half hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.


When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids! And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow bent over the hot wood stove.


Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron, and from the garden it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.


In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.


When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.


It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that old time apron that served so many purposes.” (Source: Wilson Historical Society Newsletter, Vol 37, No. 6)


If I were to bet, I would bet my grandchildren have no idea what an apron is.


According to Wikipedia “The word comes from old French napron meaning a small piece of cloth, however over time "a napron" became "an apron"


I compare an earthly apron to the heavenly robe of righteousness.



Holy Scripture tells us that even our most righteous acts are like filthy clothes. “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags…” Isaiah 64:6 NKJV


We have been stained by the bubbling pot of sin. We have red sauce all over us and there is no way that we can get that stain out. But Jesus can. “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness…” Isaiah 61:10 NKJV


We do play a part, however. We must confess our sins to God. We must tell Him that we accept the gift of salvation and eternal life. We need to show by our actions and words that we want the abundance of grace He is holding out to us. “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” Revelation 3:5 NKJV


Christ will take off our sin-stained clothes and give us something so much better. “…See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” Zechariah 3:4


Friends, it truly does not matter how many times you have fallen due to the many mistakes you have made. There is power in the blood, as the old song goes. The second you call on Jesus to help you, in the very moment you ask your Heavenly Father to forgive you, it is done! Just like that. Nothing more is needed in that moment. You are forgiven. God forgets your mistakes! He erases your sins!


Psalm 103:12 tells us that “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” NKJV That is a faraway place!!


God wants to wrap that robe of righteousness around you. He wants to forgive you. The Lord says, “Come now, let us reason together…though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:18 ESV

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