Headcovering, the quiet, and being set apart

In contrast to my last statement about headcovering (where I go to explain how it can draw extra attention to you), headcovering can also be an escape from the world.

In Biblical history, a veil was used to separate the tabernacle from the people. This is something that designates it as holy and special. Like jewelry, we know that the rings behind the glass are finer than the rings on the counter rack.

Veiling might attract attention to you, but it sets you aside as different than others. After all, how many people in your church are wearing a headcovering? It marks you as something different, set apart from the others.

You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure. (Deuteronomy 14:2)

No, simply throwing something over your head doesn’t actually change you, your sins, or your relationship with God. But it does mark you as changed and you were changed via baptism. You are different now. You are set aside. People remark and look upon you as something different because of the headcovering.

My favorite part of wearing a headcovering is when I bend over to pray. When I’m kneeling (or, in the “Episcopal Squat”), the sides of my headscarf slide over and the world is veiled away. I feel alone — just me and God. To all the world, the veil on the tabernacle is closed as the priest is in prayer in the presence of God.

As much as the headcovering brings attention and questions to me, no one interrupts me in prayer when my veil shrouds me like this. It is clear that something special is happening here and there’s nothing more special than a conversation with God.

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