Today's daily devotion

The Haircut

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.—Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)

“Lori, you sure you know what you’re doing?” my husband asked from his wheelchair. He looked concerned as I bluffed, “Of course! I’ve done this lots of times.” The confidence in my voice belied my nervousness as I held the comb and scissors in my hands.

It’d been two months since our head-on collision which had shattered his left ankle, putting him through two surgeries and 14 days in the hospital. I had received less severe injuries, which allowed me to care for him, including now, by trimming his hair.

I took a deep breath and began to cut. His hair had grown well below his neckline and over his eyes. With the first snip, my hands shook, yet I blustered on.

It seemed so easy when my hairdresser did this, but for the life of me, I couldn’t get his sides even. Snip, snip, snip. I cut more and more of his hair until finally it looked like someone had placed a salad bowl over the top of his head and just cut around it.

I sighed when I finished and hoped he wouldn’t be too angry when he saw the mess I had made. But, instead of angry words, as he looked in the mirror analyzing the destruction, he simply smiled and said, “Thank you. It will be just fine.”

Lord, thank you for grace from others, which forgives our shortcomings when we try our best to help them.

Adapted from
Strength & Grace Magazine

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