To the Sampson in all of us

Be strong! Jabari Zuberi Photography.


Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Sampson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? What is this thou has done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done to them.

And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee unto the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.

And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand; but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock. 

And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him; and the Sprit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms become as flax that was burnt with fire, and his hands loosed from off his hands. 

And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.

—Judges 15: 11-15, King James Bible


Many of us know the story of Sampson. Many believe that Sampson’s were one of the first instances of locs recorded in the Bible.

After being captured by the Philistines, Sampson prays for one final burst of strength, which he receives.

Inside his seven locks of hair that no razor had touched since birth lay his strength. According to Judges 16: 17, “…There hath not come a [razor] upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb; if I be shaven then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.” He lost his strength through deception when Delilah, who was chosen to find the secret source of his strength, tricked him into revealing it.

Sometimes, we look to other things for our strength. It could be financial power. It could be prestige. It could be being a leader in your field. Or you find strengths in your relationships.

For those of us with locs, yes, there is power in them. We’ve spent years cultivating them, growing them, and making them look their best. After years of our hair being “fried, dyed and laid to the side”, we’ve earned every loc that we’ve grown as the growth of our evolution.

Yet they are just the manifestations of our strength that lies within. Our locs express our beauty. They express our return to our roots. They reflect our style. Whether you’re beginning your journey, or maturing after a long odyssey, your locs have become your extensions of you. But its strength and the light that comes from within—combined with our style—that creates our glow. And we all have this within us. Be strong!

Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine

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