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Locks of Love to Give

Last year a friend from church shared that her 8-year-old niece, Avery, was once again fighting leukemia. That evening, as I shared it with Mark, our then 7-year-old daughter, Anastasia, overheard us. Even though she didn’t know this little girl, she was very concerned - it was someone her age.

Part of me want to change the topic and shelter Anastasia from the fear of children and cancer but a stronger side felt the need to address it and answer her questions, so we did.

Later that night she wanted to pray for my friend’s niece. When we were done she was quiet in thought and then asked, “Will she lose her hair?”

“She already has honey, but I hear she’s about to get a wig.” This opened a flurry of more questions as I explained how people grow out their hair and donate it to be made into wigs.

When I kissed her good night she sat up and said, “I’m going to grow out my hair and donate it!”

And she did. Months of eternal ponytails, braids and clips. The summer was long and hot and the chlorine was rough on it. But she conditioned it regularly because she wanted it to “be healthy and strong” for whoever received it.

There were times, in moments of weakness, as I helped her comb out knots from a hair-band, that I’d try to give her an out, “If this is too much, we can wait and grow out your hair when you’re older. It’s okay if now is not the time.”

“No! I want to do it now. Somebody needs my hair.”

She was committed to the cause. She was committed to Avery.

That was 9 months ago and this past weekend we went to have it cut and we mailed it off to Locks of Love. It was a big day.

Mark and I were talking about it afterwards and he said, “It shows that we can always give to help another out. We all have something that meets a need.”

He’s right. Anastasia could have used her youth and lack of funds as an excuse to make the solution another person’s responsibility. But instead she saw a need and looked at what she had and committed herself to it.

My daughter has inspired me. I can’t meet every need but there certain needs I am personally called to help out. Many times I’ve used my lack “resources” as an excuse not to help. However, “resources’ are not limited monetary form.

When God wants me to help, there is always something to give. Sometimes it just takes some creative thought…or just looking in the mirror.

Next time your spirit is moved by a need, sit back and take a look around. You probably have more to give then you realize.

Comments

Laurie, if I ever need a wig (again - but not because of the 70's fad) it would be beyond special to think some caring young lady worked so hard to help me feel better about how I look. I would want to get to know her - it's not that different from donating anything else to help people who are ill. It may not cause any physical pain or be a huge risk, but the girls who do this are willing to do without something precious to them. That's true self-sacrifice! I believe God will bless her for her level of caring for others. And you & Mark for how you're training her. Way to go!!!!

Awww, thank you my friend. Your comment brought tears to my eyes.

Thank you for your sweet words!

Blessings to you!

Laurie

They say that love is the most important feeling of humans. If we give love to others, we will received the same way and we could live a peaceful life. - Mallory Fleming

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Laurie is author of I Love Him, I Love Him Not, I Finally Love Him. She asks hard questions, and shares transparent, sometimes funny and sometimes embarrassing, stories all while seeking to find Jesus in daily life.


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