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Men may want to skip my comments ‘cause I’m going to deal with “hair.”

Moreover the LORD said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched-forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet; Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will lay bare their secret parts. In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their anklets, and the fillets, and the crescents; the pendants, and the bracelets, and the veils; the headtires, and the armlets, and the sashes, and the corselets, and the amulets; the rings, and the nose-jewels; the aprons, and the mantelets, and the cloaks, and the girdles; and the gauze robes, and the fine linen, and the turbans, and the mantles. And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet spices there shall be rottenness; and instead of a girdle rags; and instead of curled hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; branding instead of beauty.
(Isaiah 3:16-24 JPS)

As I read this passage I thought, this is happening now, right here in this generation. Especially the part about hair or lack of hair. Yesterday I asked, in so many words, who is our Isaiah, or John the Baptist crying loud and sparing not and who ever it is are we listening. Today, when I read the above passage, my heart skipped a beat and I declared, women today—at least black women in New York City—are loosing their hair and the evil is being declared good and good, evil (Isaiah 5:20).

If I am in business and I’m selling you something or providing a service and I tell you that it will benefit you but in reality it will destroy your hair and the follicles the hair grows out of, I am calling evil good so I can make a profit. But the client that keeps coming back to have this procedure done after the first time has now become a party to her own destruction. I am sorry that my thoughts are going in the direction of black hair care, but this has wider implication, at least for me.

I don’t think what God gave Isaiah to proclaim to the people of Judah happened overnight. And like the Emperor’s new clothes that really wasn’t made from a fabric so fine that only stupid people couldn’t see it because it was made of nothing. Until the little boy cries out, “The Emperor has no clothes on!” we become a party to our own deceit as the prophecy is played out in front of our very eyes. What baldness is covering our scalps that is being masked by weaves, braids and hair extensions covering up beautifully our slowly balding head?

And women may not want to admit that Paul is right, but a woman’s (long) hair is her glory. (1 Cor. 11:15) Just check out a woman walking by a mirror or primping in the mirror. And Yes, I know that some woman shave their heads, but way are they doing that—that is the question?

This post will probably get me in trouble, but just drop those rocks.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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