Jewelry was not allowed in the Amish churches because of the verse in 1 Peter 3:3 where it says "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel." Girls had their hair braided, often until graduating from school, everyone wore clothes, but wearing jewelry was forbidden.
Somehow though, that rule never applied to watches, and since we all liked pretty things it was the one area where we didn't look for something plain and simple.
My 16th birthday always stands out in my memory, not as being old enough to be a part of the youth group, but at the celebration my parents had for me and the day I received my good watch.
Last week I happened upon it while looking for something else. It's still just as pretty as it was back then.
I still remember pinning it securely inside my Sunday dress pocket. I hardly ever used it to see what time it was, but just knowing it was there used to make me feel a little prettier.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Posted by A Joyful Chaos at 8:33 AM
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It is a beautiful watch. I can only imagine how happy you were the day you received it. :)ReplyDelete
I was absolutely thrilled! It was the prettiest thing I had ever received up to that point.Delete
That is indeed a very beautiful watch. We all like pretty things don't we? I had trouble with that verse until I looked up the meaning in the original language and culture which made it easier to understand.ReplyDelete
Yes, I think we all like pretty things. :)Delete
That is a lovely little watch. Does it still work?ReplyDelete
Yes, it still works. All I need to do is wind it up and it's ready to go.Delete
What a beautiful watch to have received, but yet, and, even ,ore beautiful story to read. Warmed my heart, and, can only imagine how proud and loved you must have felt xo TanzaReplyDelete
It made me feel special! Just holding it the other day brought all those feelings back. :)Delete
Your watch is so beautiful! I can imagine the joy on your 16-year-old face as your parents gave you your birthday present. Receiving such a gift from them must have made you feel so cherished by them!ReplyDelete
I remember reading all the blogs about your childhood. Their love for you and your brothers shines through just like it does in this post. You are blessed. :)
Aww..... thanks! I certainly feel blessed to have memories to cherish.Delete
It is a lovely watch. I'll bet you couldn't find one that pretty these days. The jewels are still beautiful.ReplyDelete
I have never seen watches like this for sale any where. I'm glad my parents chose this one for me! I still love purple.Delete
It is beautiful.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Ha! I've heard that verse against braided hair (I've hung out with some interesting crowds), but never noticed that it could also be used against clothes at all. Doubt the anti-jewelry anti-hairdo group would welcome nudism much :) Good point!ReplyDelete