Head coverings? Really? That is so 1900's. Or 1700's, or maybe 100's. How did I get here?
My husband, Phil, and I attend a small group Bible study and we’ve been working through 1 Corinthians. The men take turns leading and we thought head coverings would be a quick study with some invigorating conversations. Phil took that chapter to lead.
The process begins
I had read through 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, on my own as well as in a women’s group but this time it caught my attention. There are books! The process of listening to sermons, reading websites, getting another book...or three began. There are tangents and then the tangents found tangents. Since I process better when I write, I began to type my notes and add the questions I asked myself.
About a week into all this I decided to wear a hat to church for the purpose of a head covering. The next week I wore a wide headband with my hair in a bun. If it’s in the Bible, I have a duty to obey. Phil told me that since I would be affected more than he would, he would stand back and let the study take its course and he would honor whatever conviction I came to.
Facebook started showing me memes that pointed me straight at Scripture and I was reminded of my own thoughts on Sola Scriptura.
I shifted "if this is a command I have to do it" to "this is a symbol of my joyful submission to God's created order"
Moving from wide head bands to a more traditional cover, I discovered "Garlands of Grace"
The study of this passage took a couple of months, so I did due diligence. It's been a process for sure, and it's brought joy and frustration and tears of joy "because of the angels"