Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Natural Adventist Church Family

I attend the a Seventh Day Adventis Church and it's so uplifting to be part of such a wonderful group of people who promote accepting the design the Lord has made each of us. We have many natural people that are members of my church family and I wanted to highlight several but couldn't get to as many as I wanted because the holidays have rolled around it's difficult to get everyone together. I'll try later next year but for now here are a couple of my brothers. (I forced them to take this picture) They love their locks and are always encouraging others to go natural and/or lock. Both have lovely locks and I can't wait to get where they are.

In case some of you are wondering, Seventh-day Adventists are a group of people that believe Jesus is the Son of God, trust in the Holy Bible, worship on God's original Seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday), and believe in God's health laws so that we do not defile our temples of the Holy Spirit. Our church is made up of individuals and each has different ideas, different ways of doing things and different ways of saying things. But even within such diversity, strong common threads of belief run through every Seventh-day Adventist heart. It's what makes the church unique and Seventh-day Adventists happily share the princples of His kingdom with others. We desire to live our own lives as a demonstration of Christs character. People from any race, creed, ethnic orgin, background or religion are invited into the fellowship of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. And seeing people accept Jesus Christ and His Word is what helps to keep the mission alive! Ok, sometimes I get a little excited talking about my church family, I digress..back to natural hair.

Ironically, we all wore lots of black last Sabbath, we are a little washed out but I really wanted to highlight my natural sisters and I used this pic anyway. This is only a small number of us natural gals and here we range from ages 9 - 58. Yes, one of the ladies in the picture is actually 58! We have such a wonderful time worshipping together and often times we get too carried away talking about our natural hair, styles, products, new ideas, challenges, well you get the point.

I often think back, hummmm now that I'm thinking; wow it has actually been 10 years instead of eight that I have been natural. Time really passes when you are having fun. So, what I was thinking was, who would I be if I had not gone natural? I don't really want to know because this journey has been so gratifying and self defining that it's made me accept the true LaChanda. And for that, I am eternially thankful to thank God for being my shepherd, for leading me beside the still waters and restoring my soul!

Peace to ya!

13 comments:

coco_btrfly said...

WOW! These are beautiful pictures of our people. All of you are radiant, even when you look "dogged out" as you say. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I'll be back soon...CoCo

Vee said...

Wonderful! You all look great and thanks for enlightening about your religion, I love learning about all types of religion.

Bless!

Tra said...

This is a great post. Indeed it was good to learn something I didn't know about re: religion.
The pics are awesome and you guys are radiant despite the background weather.

Tra

Creyole's Sisterlock Exodus said...

Coco, Vee & TRA,
Thanks, I love sharing my faith and natural sisters & brothers!

Jena Evans said...

Praise the Lord... Natural Brothers and Sisters looking good... and all others who choose consciously or unconsciously not to be natural about the head serving and loving!!!

Thanks for this post, Sister LaChanda... God's blessings be upon you this day because John 3:16.

jen-

KDL said...

Lachanda,

I don't know what made me think this, but looking at your blog while ago amade me think that you were Adventist (as evidenced by the fact that I never see you with jewelry and the such). And as a matter of fact so am I! I attend West End SDA and Dickerson Memorial SDA Church here in Atlanta and have been a SDA all my life. Lokcing and natural hair ties in naturally with the beliefs of the church itself.

I guess that's the beauty of the SL family, you never know who's traveling your path.

Be Blessed,
Kai
http://alockingstory.blogspot.com

Maryee said...

Cool post and pictures of your natural sistahs and brothas from your church! Beautiful folks! I am familiar with the Seventh-day Adventist faith. Thanks for sharing.

Donna Collins said...

Chandra,

I saw your post in the LockItUp group. I have had bradelocz since April 04. Your hair is absolutely gorgeous! I only have about 250 locs because I didn't want them too little because I knew that I would be the one maintaining them. I would have loved to have about 350, but no more than that. One of my church members has about 500-600 SLs! They are so beautiful.

I too am a member of a SDA Church. I live in the Los Angeles area and attend the Compton Community SDA Church. You can view us on http://churchpond.com/cp05/ptv_Compton_Community_rebroadcast.htm

Leighann said...

LaChanda,

What an open and beautiful post. I love the group picture. To see so many women of varying ages, all sporting a natural is wonderful and inpsiring. And no don't believe one of these ladies is 58!

Thanks for sharing!
Leighann

Dave said...

You've got one of the most unique Adventist blogs I've seen on the web. Although I don't get into the talking about hair thing too much, I think that locks on African people are awsome. I also like the tie in with Adventist belief, very cool.

I once had a friend a classmate in college who wore locks, and a (black) professor told him after he gave a speech that he'd better fix his hair some other way or people wouldn't respect him giving a speech. I also get the feeling from some of your posts that there is some sort of stigma associated with wearing locks in the African American/Canadian community.

I think that's rediculus. Locks are a classy look for African people. So keep it up. You've got nice hair and a good blog.

Samsoness said...

you are truly more precious than gold!! i strive to bea proverbs 31 woman. i praise God for you and our paths crossing through the sisterlock journey. i cannot wait to go to a gathering to fellowship with you and our sisters. i do not have the finances for the color purple trip but maybe the new date will give me more time to work on it. i pray you exceed your wildest dreams in this new year and continue to shine as an example of god's glory and grace.

The Dawn of a new ERA said...

Hello Creyole,

Thanks for sharing. I am a SDA. Have been all of my life! Thanks fo using your blog to share this gospel with others!

Just wanted to say that your locks as well as Tra's locks encouraged me to lock last year Oct 5, 2006. It has been a year now and I am developing my blog spot to show the progress!

euphoria said...

I really love your locks, I also loved your look before you locked. I am in my second year of being natural, and I love it but I am at the point where I don't know what to do with it. I thank you for all the info that you are sharing because I am considering sister locks. I am also SDA and I appreciate how you expressed our beliefs cause we are so misunderstood.