The glory of gray hair

I love gray hair. It’s so pretty.

Now, it’s even in style for young people—which cracks me up. We were in a public place a couple of years ago. One of the workers, probably in his early twenties, was sporting the new silver gray color in kind of a spikey, streaky style, along with gauge earrings. He certainly caught my attention.

On an elderly person, silver hair makes him glow. In Spanish, we say an elderly man with gray or white hair looks “interesting.” In English, “distinguished.” Things are changing a little, but in Spain it used to be not at all acceptable for a woman to show any gray. Everyone colored their hair. I am glad attitudes are changing, because I enjoy seeing a beautiful white head of hair, male or female.

Plus, I don’t feel so bad sporting my own natural highlights.

Please understand, I am not against hair color. Especially when a woman has little kids and a lot of gray, I don’t blame her at all for not wanting to look like her children’s grandmother.

In my own family, there’s a tendency towards “skunk streaks”—white streaks front to back, somewhere on the top of the head and very dark or black hair on either side. Blame the genes. I always understood my relatives covering that up. Once the rest of the hair turned white, they have let it all go white—and the result is beautiful.

Did you know the Bible loves gray hair?

It is a sign of wisdom and honor. The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness (Proverbs 16:31). Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD (Leviticus 19:32).

God promises to take care of us, even in our latter years. And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you (Isaiah 46.4).

Several prophets saw God in visions. The Daniel passage talks about God the Father, and the verse in Revelation refers to Jesus. I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire (Daniel 7:9). His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire (Revelation 1:14).

I am not sure anyone can accurately describe God. The humans who actually saw Him describe Him with terms like: light, glory, rainbows, thrones, and pure, dazzling white.

Many gray-haired people have a lifetime of experiences collected under their silvery manes. Have you ever asked them to tell you about their lives? A few years ago, my mother mentioned, “You never really know a person’s life story until their funeral. I think that’s sad.” I do too.

There’s a lot to be learned from an older person. A godly elder has much wisdom to offer his younger friends.

The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

4 Replies to “The glory of gray hair”

  1. Your timing of this post is so funny to me. Two years ago, I decided to quit coloring and highlighting my hair. We had been on a trip and I waited until we got home to start the process. ( Talk about a year long commitment!) This week, all of the pictures are showing up in my FB memories. It was not as obvious a change as I had thought it would be. It was more of an emotional change than a physical change.
    Today, one of my young ladies at church asked to interview me for her History class. She has to interview an older person. It felt funny to be that older person. But, I do have a hoary head now! I want it to be found in the way of godliness!

  2. Beautiful Lou Ann! I’ve been teased and criticized for my gray/white hair for many years in Spain and now in Uruguay. I know it makes me look older, but I don’t feel any older. I don’t dye my hair because of the cost and health reasons. My husband is fine with me as I am. I love pure white hair. Some day, hopefully soon, I’ll enjoy the pure white hair that I’ve always admired in others. Thank you!

    1. Oh, how fun! I personally like a little bit of highlights, which I didn’t have before turning somewhat gray. I have no idea if I will live long enough for it to get white, but you never know. I am from a family of many people with gorgeous white hair. Love to you guys!

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