The Headcovering Conversation has continued in the combox’s of the headcovering posts and I am trying to keep up and respond to all the wonderful, insightful comments! Whether I agree with you or whether we have a difference of opinions the conversation has stayed respectful and had definitely given us all food for thought.
One of the most positive aspects of blogging for me, is realizing that there are quite a few women out there who are having similar experiences and making similar choices, even when I don’t see anyone who fits in that category on a daily basis.
One of the debates that has come up in the combox is whether or not I believe that headcovering is a vocation. My response is simple and straightforward: Absolutely not!
Yes, the language is similar. In this life our vocation is who it is that we are called by God to serve. Whether or not we are going to be able to say “yes” to our Vocation is one of the great questions that we answer in our lives.
However, when we say “yes” to our vocation the communication from God doesn’t come to an abrupt end. Our lives are a conversation with God. Each choice is a yes or a no. And in different ways, if we don’t resist, He draws us to Him.
Some of us are called to cover during this conversation. It’s nothing spectacular. It’s often rather stressful. And I imagine, if I’d been a bit more… cooperative… the call wouldn’t have had to become so insistent. I might not have even noticed it.
Others don’t feel it as a prodding at all. They recognize the beauty of this tradition on their own. They logically accept the beauty of the practice of veiling in the presence of Christ without any extra… encouragement. To me there’s something exceptional and beautiful about that. It is a logical choice to embrace a beautiful practice that may cause you to stand out, because you realize exactly what it means. I think that’s fantastic and beautiful!
Being called to cover is not a vocation. It’s not even comparable with a vocation. It’s a part of our conversation with God, in which God asks a question, directly to our hearts and we say yes (or “no.. no... no… no… fine. I’ll do it… Wow that was a great idea!” in my case). Not all of the things that are asked of us are grand. Sometimes they are quite small.
So cover because you are called to and you just can’t ignore that pull upon your heart. Or cover because you see the beauty of honoring God in this devotion. Or wear your head bare, because that’s okay too (I find myself coming back to that in each post… just in case you missed this post… it’s not required!)!
And hopefully that’s my last headcovering post for a while! I think we’re due for something a little lighter, although I am thankful for all the blogging… inspiration… I’ve been given after last week’s case of blogger’s block.
I think I need to create a new recipe!