The one about …..Victoria’s Secret

The one about

Here’s the story Shona read this morning. It’s from The one about…..  8 stories about God in our everyday, by Mark Greene.  London Institute of Contemporary Christianity, 2018.  9780992819040

Victoria is an apprentice hairdresser. She is 19 and she’s been in the job for just over a month. It’s a busy salon so there’s always something to do and its almost always to be done quickly. She’s enjoying it – the people are upbeat, friendly – but she’s been feeling the pressure. Three weeks into the job, and her vicar prays for her, commissions her into the job. She’s been more at peace since then. I ask her

‘So what difference does being a Christian make to the way you wash someone’s hair?

Victoria doesn’t miss a beat. ‘I pray for them as I massage in the conditioner.’

Victoria’s praying is an invisible gift to her clients – soothing conditioner for the soul, not just the hair. Still, behind her prayers lie a whole set of beliefs.

Victoria believes that he daily context in a hairdressing salon is important to God. And why shouldn’t she? Is it not the case that ‘the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it? (Psalm 24:1)

She believes that the actual work she does is important to God, that the work itself can be done in a distinctive way: the actual massaging in of the conditioner, kneading it into the scalp, learning what level of pressure is both effective and relaxing for each individual uniquely created in the image of God. No doubt Paul the Apostle and tentmaker who write to slaves in Colossae and encouraged them to do ‘whatever’ they did as ‘working for the Lord’ would have been cheering her on. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Victoria believes that God is alive and can move in a hairdressing salon. And why not? This is the God who intervened in a fiery furnace in Babylon to rescue Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 3:8-30), the God who intervened on a lake in Galilee to still a raging storm (Mark 4:35-41), who intervened outside a tomb in Bethany to raise Lazarus from the dead. (John 11:1-45)

She believes that God wants to bless her clients, and that she can be part of that. After all, is this not the God who sends rain to the righteous and unrighteous (Matthew 5:45), who is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9), whose essence is love (1 John 4:8), and who send his people to love their neighbour as themselves. (Matthew 22:39)

Victoria believes in the power of prayer and in God’s freedom to respond in his own way and in his own time. She doesn’t need to see the results of these prayers. Indeed, this side of heaven, for the most part she probably won’t. But it’s still worth praying – God will be listening to her.

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