Thursday, November 14, 2013

What’s in fashion, long or short hair?

I don’t pay much attention to fashion, and especially not hair dos.  I never know what’s in style, long or short hair. 
However, I have noticed how many professional athletes are sporting long hair, both on their faces and heads. It seems odd to me to see such flowing locks of hair dangling out of a football helmet, like Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers. As one writer put it, “For more than ten years Polamalu’s luscious locks have made him one of the most visually identifiable players in the NFL. He even got a shampoo endorsement out of it.”
Well, last week he got a haircut!  He trimmed his famous head of hair as part of a fundraiser to draw public awareness in the vital work of those who care for our nation’s veterans. I was also impressed when Nikki, our Director of Communications, cut her hair and donated the ten inches of blonde locks to a program called Beautiful Lengths; a program that makes wigs for cancer patients. I never knew how much good could come from a haircut.

Most of the Biblical characters had long hair, including Jesus. We remember how the long curls of Sampson got him into trouble and how a tree branch snagged the hair of King David’s son, Absalom that led to a sad ending.  One of the best stories of long hair in the Bible is found in Luke's gospel; when a woman of the street interrupts a lavish dinner by bathing the feet of Jesus with her tears and dries them with her hair. This totally upset the host and everybody else attending the dinner. Jesus simply responded by saying to the woman of the street "Your sins are forgiven." 
Seems to me, doing something kind for others and offering forgiveness never goes out of style. Let us all try to do one kind thing each day for someone along the way, and if there is someone waiting for you to forgive them, there is no better time than now.


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