The Hair-After

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.

Isaiah 40:8 NKJV

Beauty parlors are linoleum-floored social settings for Southern ladies, who favor high hair, hellacious amounts of hairspray, and beauticians they can count on as lifelong friends. Some beauticians style clients’ “dos” from cradle to grave, making sure they look as good in the here-and-now as on their church send-off to the hereafter. But no matter how hard we try to avoid it, the day will come when gray hair will show up, cross its arms, and refuse to leave. And there won’t be enough hair dye or nearly enough time to keep covering it. When the time comes to give up on the hair dye and highlights, get your style on. Then, lift your chin up, take a sip of your RC cola or that awful shoe leather coffee they serve in beauty parlors, and make up your mind that gray hair don’t care! If you are blessed to live long enough, growing old is a part of life and age is a badge of honor, not a condition to remedy or be ashamed of. In fact, the Bible says gray hair is a crown of glory, gained by living a godly life (Proverbs 16:31).


You can tease your hair as high as you want, but high hairdos won’t bring you closer to God or heaven. Give God the glory for your “crown of glory,” and rejoice in the beauty of your frosty season in life.


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