Last Sunday, I came to the realization that I was in need of a new church bag. My old bag, although cute, was not up to the job of holding the numerous bags of fruit snacks, containers of cereal, Primary binder, Primary folder, story books, toy cars, lotion, lip gloss, pens, pencils, crayons, tithing slips, scriptures, Primary Song Book (in mini form), diaper, wipes, used tissues, and finally used and discarded sacrament cups that Conner had been chewing on during Sacrament Meeting. My previous calling didn't require all of the items, mentioned above, and I was able to manage quite well with my smaller bag. Not so much anymore.
Exhibit A: My "church bag" courtesy of Liz Claiborne.
Exhibit B: The Ed Hardy messenger bag, free with purchase of a fragrance gift set. I don't know, but I'm thinkin' this bag doesn't particularly bring forth the spirit.
Back in the day (circa late 70's, early 80's), the hot item of church calling organization was a clever tote made of cardboard. It was genius! To this day it is a rare, yet special occasion, if one spots such an exceptional find. I know of one lady that still lugs her various church materials in one. Oh the flood of memories!
The cardboard tote - similar to this device, minus the beer bottles. And the individual compartments. And they usually were white. Not cardboard color. And longer. Yup longer. I'm annoying you. Sorry.
Another highly favored church bag of choice is the diaper bag. It serves two purposes in one! Carrier of bottles, burp cloths, and diapers...and of the sacred scriptures.
And then finally, last but not least... the high fashion of church bags. These bags can be a bit deceitful. On the outside they resemble sophistication and high-class, but on the inside you will find dried up fruit snacks, used tissues, and a Sunbeams Primary manual.
Every Sunday it's fiesta of church bag fashion!
Through the ages, our church bags have been a reflection of our personalities, a reflection of our life situations we are experiencing during that moment of time. But I know one thing for sure, no matter if our church bags are made of cardboard, homemade, or their purpose is meant to carry baby paraphernalia, they ALL serve a special purpose. They carry our precious cargo. (And in my case... also some crap.)