I have been considering passages in the Bible that speak to the follicly challenged (see the image below if you wonder why I am writing about this):

Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Psalm 40:12 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.

It seems that counting the hairs on a person’s head is important in the Bible. I have often reflected on the first passage. If the hairs of my head are numbered and are disappearing, are they falling out in numerical order? If not, each time one falls out they will have to be renumbered. Keeping track of that is a full time job in itself! And although the number is diminishing at present what would happen if I had a hair transplant? Do the new hairs count? To the hirsuit these things don’t matter but to those blessed with a short back and shine it’s important.

And then there’s the second passage. Does this suggest that those who are losing their hair have less troubles and sins? They certainly don’t have to worry about vanity and having bad hair days so maybe there’s some truth in that.

Of course the real point here is that God is intimately interested in us. He does not sit aloof on a cloud ticking off the hairs (and adjusting the records when we have visited the barbers) but he knows all about us, and he still loves us. He knows about the troubles and sins, and he still loves us. There is nothing we can do to change that (even shaving our head!).

Be blessed, be a blessing


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