Yesterday I posted a blog about why I stopped wearing a head covering. Read that here. I have had a number of public and private responses, so I wanted to share a little deeper.
First of all, the only grace I can claim for myself is the amazing kind, that’s why I love it so much!
I have had responses from people who are firmly convicted about the head covering and I always take those comments to heart. I have also had people thank me profusely saying this was an issue they have struggled with for a long time and that my personal testimony helped them. I did not write the post to change anyone’s mind to veil or not to veil.
I wanted to clarify that for those who believe that wearing the head covering draws them closer to God, I have absolute respect for them. I cherish the friendships I maintain in the Mennonite community and value the way I was raised. (There is way more positive than negative growing up in that community.) Also, I would never intentionally insinuate that everyone who wears a covering is fake and just because I don’t, I am not. Authenticity is an attractive discipline and I know many wonderful authentic folks, some who cover and some who don’t.
It was seeing the ad for the Head Covering Movement that really prompted the blog.
Truth is, I am often asked by Mennonites and non-Mennonites alike, why I left the denomination. The issue of the head covering frequents those conversations. It was not to make people question if they should wear one, nor to discourage those who do. Neither was it to cast a negative light on the denomination. What I wrote in the blog yesterday was simply a public response to something I am asked in private all the time.
There is so much more to all of us than this online discussion and your stories are as important as mine! I invite you to respond by sharing your testimony in a comment on this blog. (If you share the comment on Facebook, those who read the blog, but are not Facebook friends with me will not be able to read it.) Tell us, do you veil or not, and why?
God’s grace, love and peace to all,
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I will share my comment here… one that I wrote before reading any responses to your first post (other than the FB ones) and before I read this second post. BTW, thanks for sharing your heart, Regina! Love you, sister in Christ!
I do not believe that my salvation depends on whether or not I am covered. For me, it’s an obedience to the Scripture (I Corinthians 11)… an outward act of a heart’s conviction. And, there are times when I feel that my long hair (verse 15) is covering enough (at night, etc.).
Dear Sister Janet, What I do know of your story is amazing. I love you! Your courage to be obedient to your convictions inspires me to press in to the voice of God.
Dear Sister Regina, I spent 30 minutes while my foot was soaking in epson salts typing my testimony on this issue only for it to be lost when I lost my internet connection. We’ll get together sometime and I will tell you all about my journey with the covering. ❤