Last week at our church fellowship, I was once again dismayed by the immodest clothing worn by many of the young ladies, and even a few 'middle-aged' women. This quote from Cloudy Jewel by Grace Livingston Hill touched my heart this week so I thought I'd share it.
This is Aunt Julia’s response to Leslie’s new dress:
“It’s beautiful, darling, and you are - exquisite! But, dear! It seems terrible for my little girl to go among young men so sort of nakedly. I’m sure if you understood life better, you wouldn’t do it. You are tempting men to wrong thoughts, undressed that way, and you are putting on common view the intimate loveliness of the body God gave you to keep holy and pure. It is the way cheap women have of making many men love them in a careless physical way. I don’t know how to tell you, but it seems terrible to me. If you were my own little girl, I never, never would be willing to have you go out that way.”
Her older brother Allison concurs:
““Well, kid, I must say I agree with Cloudy,” he said half reluctantly at last. “The dress is a peach, of course, and you look like an angel in it; but if you could hear the rotten things the fellows say about the way the girls dress, you would not want to go out that way; and I don’t want them to talk that way about my sister. Couldn’t you stick in a towel or an apron or something, and make a little more waist to the thing? I’m sure you’d look just as pretty, and the fellows would think you a whole lot nicer girl. I don’t want you to get the name of the Freshman Vamp. I couldn’t stand for that.””
Wonderful Aunt Julia comes up with the solution:
“ … but at last Julia Cloud came to the rescue with needle and thread and soft rose drapery made from a scarf of Leslie’s that exactly matched the dress; and presently she stood meek and sweet, and quite modest blooming prettily out of her pink, misty garments like an opening apple blossom in spite of her recent tears.”
Quote from Cloudy Jewel by Grace Livingston Hill
As it becomes increasingly difficult to purchase ready-made modest clothing for our beautiful Dreamer, and even for myself, I find our family talking about the issue of modesty more and more, and marvelling at how quickly we have slipped into acceptance of public exposure, even in the church. We are a nation 'putting on common view the intimate loveliness of the body God gave us to keep holy and pure', even when it comes to our little girls.
I am praying that God will show me a way to be an encouragement towards modesty with our young Christian women. I read some of the results of The Rebelution's Modesty Survey with great interest, and I hope it will go a long way in educating our culture saturated youth - the church of the future.