Posts Tagged ‘head coverings’

Concerning 1 Corinthians 11…

While I have expressed some of my views on head coverings, I have never given the ultimate reasons for my choosing to observe this practice.  After studying 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, I am completely convinced that head covering applies as much today as it ever has in past centuries. 

If you are interested in understanding this passage better, I highly recommend reading The Woman’s Headcovering by Michael Marlowe.  This is the most comprehensive commentary I have found on the subject and after careful consideration, I find this to be a sound exegesis. 

Please take the time to read the entire page, including the verse by verse commentary. 

knittingprose

Concerning 1 Corinthians 11…

While I have expressed some of my views on head coverings, I have never given the ultimate reasons for my choosing to observe this practice.  After studying 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, I am completely convinced that head covering applies as much today as it ever has in past centuries. 

If you are interested in understanding this passage better, I highly recommend reading The Woman’s Headcovering by Michael Marlowe.  This is the most comprehensive commentary I have found on the subject and after careful consideration, I find this to be a sound exegesis. 

Please take the time to read the entire page, including the verse by verse commentary. 

knittingprose

New coverings…

This conviction God has laid on my heart continues to grow stronger.  I’ve really felt the need to cover full time but when you only have one covering… that’s brown… well, you can’t wear brown with everything.   Okay, I suppose you can, but I have no desire to stick out like a sore thumb with my mismatched head covering.

A couple days ago I received two new coverings from Garlands of Grace.  I chose GoG because they advertised their coverings as non-slip, with ties or with elastic and no funny flaps.  And they’re beautiful.  Now, I do not say this with vanity in mind.  Just as I do not want to stick out for wearing a mismatched head covering, I do not want to stick out with a pretty one either.  This may seem like a contradiction to some – not wanting to ‘stick out’ yet wearing something that would make you ‘stick out’.  But Beloved, I do not wish for people to look at my head coverings and see me.  I want them to look at my head coverings and see God.  To cover your head, one does not need, nor should they try to make it ugly or unappealing.  Please hear me out here.  I want women to know that you can follow Paul’s instruction to cover your head and it be beautiful.  It reminds me of the tabernacle God commanded the people of Israel to build.  The holy things and places of God were adorned and made beautiful – created with the most beautiful cloths, fine gold, the best wood; made by the most skilled craftsmen.  By adorning the objects in the tabernacle as well as the tent itself, they were given honor and importance.  A beautiful head covering is a symbol of a woman honoring and giving importance to the authority God has placed over her.  She is saying, “I take seriously, yea, love the role God has given to me.  I honor His authority and sovereignty in my life and wish to give it great importance by placing this beautiful symbol on my head.”  (1 Cor. 11:10)

Please consider covering your head, my dear woman.  It is a blessing beyond measure to the wearer.

Back to my new coverings…  I purchased the Suzanne covering in cream.  This is a very simple, plain covering.  I love it for its simplicity.  This veil is truly lightweight.  I can barely feel it on my head.  Sadly it does tend to slip a bit so I will wear clips with it when I’m out.  But at home, I’m comfortable without the clips and it rarely slips off, just slides back slowly over the passing hours.  I have a very small slope in the back of my head.  The ties and elastic in most coverings tend to slip because they just don’t have much to anchor to.

The other item I purchased was the Victorian style snood.  I do believe this one is my favorite.  I love that it gets my hair off my neck without the use of a rubberband.  Having my hair up usually results in a headache.  : (  But not with the snood.  I love the color.  Love the style.  It’s pretty and practical.  : )

I’m hoping to sew up a similar one in white…  We’ll see about that.

knittingprose

New coverings…

This conviction God has laid on my heart continues to grow stronger.  I’ve really felt the need to cover full time but when you only have one covering… that’s brown… well, you can’t wear brown with everything.   Okay, I suppose you can, but I have no desire to stick out like a sore thumb with my mismatched head covering.

A couple days ago I received two new coverings from Garlands of Grace.  I chose GoG because they advertised their coverings as non-slip, with ties or with elastic and no funny flaps.  And they’re beautiful.  Now, I do not say this with vanity in mind.  Just as I do not want to stick out for wearing a mismatched head covering, I do not want to stick out with a pretty one either.  This may seem like a contradiction to some – not wanting to ‘stick out’ yet wearing something that would make you ‘stick out’.  But Beloved, I do not wish for people to look at my head coverings and see me.  I want them to look at my head coverings and see God.  To cover your head, one does not need, nor should they try to make it ugly or unappealing.  Please hear me out here.  I want women to know that you can follow Paul’s instruction to cover your head and it be beautiful.  It reminds me of the tabernacle God commanded the people of Israel to build.  The holy things and places of God were adorned and made beautiful – created with the most beautiful cloths, fine gold, the best wood; made by the most skilled craftsmen.  By adorning the objects in the tabernacle as well as the tent itself, they were given honor and importance.  A beautiful head covering is a symbol of a woman honoring and giving importance to the authority God has placed over her.  She is saying, “I take seriously, yea, love the role God has given to me.  I honor His authority and sovereignty in my life and wish to give it great importance by placing this beautiful symbol on my head.”  (1 Cor. 11:10)

Please consider covering your head, my dear woman.  It is a blessing beyond measure to the wearer.

Back to my new coverings…  I purchased the Suzanne covering in cream.  This is a very simple, plain covering.  I love it for its simplicity.  This veil is truly lightweight.  I can barely feel it on my head.  Sadly it does tend to slip a bit so I will wear clips with it when I’m out.  But at home, I’m comfortable without the clips and it rarely slips off, just slides back slowly over the passing hours.  I have a very small slope in the back of my head.  The ties and elastic in most coverings tend to slip because they just don’t have much to anchor to.

The other item I purchased was the Victorian style snood.  I do believe this one is my favorite.  I love that it gets my hair off my neck without the use of a rubberband.  Having my hair up usually results in a headache.  : (  But not with the snood.  I love the color.  Love the style.  It’s pretty and practical.  : )

I’m hoping to sew up a similar one in white…  We’ll see about that.

knittingprose

why I cover…

covering1 The decision to cover my head was a progressive one for me.  In a way, it was also a natural progression.  I’ve always had tendencies leaning toward  modest dress.  Even as a typical American teenager I never was keen on anything too showy.  My family would describe me as weird as much for my attire as my unusual interests.  In my adult life, I’ve only worn shorts a handful of times.  I own one skirt that’s not ankle length.  Modesty is just my style.

My initial interest in head coverings came out of curiosity.  I was drawn to them but not really sure why.  I started wearing a scarf around the house a few months ago.  It just seemed right.  I’ve worn it out only a couple of times.  This particular scarf is really a hijab, so it’s quite large.  It covers my entire head and I look a bit like I’ve lost my hair when I wear it.  I’ve found that family members are most critical of my head coverings.  I think it’s because they do not understand me at all.  They often respond to things I consider to be good with an attitude that says “she’s just trying to show off” or “she thinks she’s Miss Perfect”.  I do not understand this at all.  I do NOT think anything even remotely similar to this!  I have never and will never claim to be better than anyone else or think that I’m above others.  I really think they just do not understand my relationship with the Lord AT ALL.

Anyhoo, when I have my head covered it is a constant reminder of the authority God has placed over me.  It’s a reminder, not only of my responsibility to be submissive, but also of the protection He has covered me with – through the Holy Spirit and from my husband.  It’s a reminder to “pray without ceasing”.  When I’m covered I am more peaceful, happier, nicer to my children.  There’s just a difference in my whole mindset.  A constant awareness of the Father’s presence and His desires for me.

I don’t cover to let everyone know, “hey, I’m better than you!  You should cover your head, too!”  I do hope my head covering is making a statement to others, but something more along the lines of, “Women, keep yourselves in God’s Word!  Remember his love and mercies and show them to others!”

I love the following quote by Calvin.

“So if women are thus permitted to have their heads uncovered and to show their hair, they will eventually be allowed to expose their entire breasts, and they will come to make their exhibitions as if it were a tavern show; they will become so brazen that modesty and shame will be no more; in short they will forget the duty of nature…Further, we know that the world takes everything to its own advantage. So, if one has liberty in lesser things, why not do the same with this the same way as with that? And in making such comparisons they will make such a mess that there will be utter chaos. So, when it is permissible for the women to uncover their heads, one will say, ‘Well, what harm in uncovering the stomach also?’ And then after that one will plead for something else; ‘Now if the women go bareheaded, why not also bare this and bare that?’ Then the men, for their part, will break loose too. In short, there will be no decency left, unless people contain themselves and respect what is proper and fitting, so as not to go headlong overboard” John Calvin (Reformer, 1509-1564)

While I don’t believe head covering is something we should demand of Christian women, I do think Calvin makes a valid point (as he’s been proven right by our society!).  And by covering my head and encouraging other women to do the same, maybe we can take a step in the direction of modesty and a step away from promiscuity.  Head covering shouldn’t be a legalistic mandate but, rather, a conviction of the heart to accept and cherish the submissive role God has given us.  To me, covering my head is a gift from the Father.  It’s another way He physically reminds me of his love and mercies to me.