A guest post written by Malcolm McFall
I had a surprising haircut recently. While out of town I asked my business partner where I could get a haircut. His ranch is forty minutes out of town and he said there were no barbers nearby, so he recommended a hair salon not far away.
The stylist greeted me and we talked easily about what should be done with my hair and then she went to work. After a thorough shampoo out of the blue she asked what I did for headaches. She said she got one almost every day about that time and that they got worse as the day went on.
The salon was narrow so the four stylists worked in pretty tight quarters with two facing each sidewall. I could tell by the ensuing quiet that the others were listening for my answer – maybe looking for a tip on health care. I answered that I use prayer for my health care needs. The quiet continued and I noticed that all four had stopped what they were doing momentarily. Then my stylist asked, “So, you don’t use drugs at all?”
“I use Novocain so I can sit still in the dentist’s chair, but that’s it. Do drugs help with your headaches?” I asked.
She said she’d tried several doctors and the drugs they prescribed eased the pain of the headaches, but they made her drowsy and one made her sick. So, she had decided to live with the headaches, since they were less dangerous when she was driving and they didn’t affect her work.
I said, “I’ve found prayer to be very effective with no side effects. Maybe you should try it.”
One of the other stylists said, “But you take Tylenol and aspirin and stuff, right?”
“Nope, I said, “I’ve never taken a pill in my life.”
The silence was broken by the lady behind us who started softly applauding – and was joined by the other six. Then, we all laughed. Some terrific sharing ensued among the eight of us. The lady sitting next to me said her mother was up to seventeen types of medication and it cost over $500 per month. I mentioned the website christianscience.com and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, a book available on Amazon that explains how prayer works and has healed millions.
My hairstylist said she would give it a try.
I told her I’d go out on a limb and guarantee that if she read that book she could kiss her headaches goodbye.
The haircut was a bit expensive, but worth it and when I need another one while in the area, I’ll head back to my new stylist.