Beauty for Ashes

When a busy mommy discovers lice in one or more of her children’s hair, I expect her heart sinks as she considers the amount of work in front of her to get rid of them. When Anna Marie posted about her experience with lice in her children’s hair (see this link), a surprising result came from some of the comments. 

God gives beauty for ashes even in the midst of a negative situation, like dealing with lice, when our hearts are open to looking for the positive. As we allow God to work in us through hard times, He does beautiful things.

Back to the lice post, several commenters said that they have sweet memories from when they had lice, and yes, for one that meant spending hours combing nits from their hair. 

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“As unpleasant as it was, I remember my dad sitting with me in our kitchen in good sunlight and carefully going over my hair for nits. In a way it was a sweet memory of being lovingly cared for. Life is about perspective!”

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“This reminds me of my first year of marriage before we had children. I worked in an elementary school and caught lice from the students. My husband was so afraid I would have to cut my long hair that he volunteered to spend hours fine-combing it in the evenings! It’s a fond memory we cherish and laugh about to this day. The bright side of lice, if there is one, is quality time spent with a loved one!”

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“My sisters and I had lice multiple times as children. I have fond memories of my mom combing lice nits out of my very long hair on our front porch (where the light was best).”

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty
for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise
for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called
trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified” (Isaiah 61:3).

4 thoughts on “Beauty for Ashes”

  1. The other bright aspect is that lice like clean hair. I work at a homeless shelter and shampooing and combing is one way I nurture the people I serve.

    1. I didn’t understand Gina’s comment so I asked for clarification and discovered something I didn’t know. Here’s what she said: What I meant was that lice prefer clean hair. If your child gets lice it most likely means they have clean hair. Lice cannot live or cling to oily hair.

      @Gina, that is a bright part of lice! Thank you for educating me.

      1. They also don’t like product. I had a student years ago with thick, curly hair and I remember her mom saying that she gunked her daughter’s hair up thoroughly with gel or hairspray every day to keep lice from finding her hair appealing.

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