Our focus today is on local hairdressers and beauticians. Psalm 50 reminds us that beauty flows from God our creator:
“The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to where it sets.
From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.” (V1-2)
We are made in God’s image but we all need a little help in looking our best!
We are all aware how much this sector has suffered, along with many high street businesses over the last six months. They have slowly got going again in recent weeks, while adapting to all the necessary regulations and restrictions. Our local barber commented that having to do bookings has had a plus side – they now actually know the names of many of their clients who they have been serving for years. There are many amusing stories of having to try and put right various nightmare home haircuts.
Beauty parlours and nail bars also had to wait a long time to get going again and it has been a worrying time for the small businesses and the staff they employ. Let’s lift up in prayer today all those who work in the various salons, and those who go into care homes and to private houses, most of whom have suffered a severe loss of income this year. We ask God bless their work and give them a positive attitude in serving their local community and helping customers feel secure and well looked after.
We must also pray that all these people are kept safe as they inevitably work quite close up to their customers.
So please join me now in prayer:
Loving Heavenly Father, we lift before you all those who work as hairdressers and beauticians, caring for local people. Thank you for the skills that they have learned and continue to develop and we ask you to help them adapt to all the changes that have come into effect, including having to work with masks and visors. Please surround them with your protection and keep them in good health we pray.
We ask your blessing on their families who may have had to adapt to living on much reduced incomes for much of this year. Give comfort to any who are worried after not been able to keep up with rent payments and having to rely more on credit cards or loans. May they get the help and support they need to emerge from these tough times.
Help us to develop positive relationships with staff at the salons that we go into and to show a real interest in their situations. Give us courage to tell them that we have been praying for them and to share something of our faith with them as we engage in conversation.
Gracious God, hear and answer these prayers, in your wisdom and love, as we bring them in the precious name of Jesus. Amen
Do please join us on Zoom for prayer together at 7pm tonight when we can join together in supporting all those involved in these businesses.
Reverend Brian Harley, Ryde United Reformed Church.
Please join us this evening at 7pm for our daily Zoom prayer meeting: