For years I worked in a salon with a woman who had a largely older clientele, and I was always struck by the kindness with which she treated her clients. The women had been coming for decades, many with appointments side by side. After so many years, they became friends.
Although there was an individual nine, ten, and eleven o’clock appointment scheduled, three people would regularly show up at nine o’clock. This was their time to catch up with each other, to share stories of loved ones, to elicit prayers for hardships, to feel and to be connected to a community.
As an observer it was a lovely thing to see. On finishing each and every client the hairdresser would give them a pat on the shoulder and a warm hug. One day she told me she never forgets to hug them good-bye, because that may be the only hug they get all week long. This touched me profoundly.
As we moved through a time of transition, due to the COVID-19 situation, we prayed: Dear Lord, we thank you for the blessing of established relationships. Give to us the understanding of how to best help each other. Let our words be more loving, our hearing more attentive, and our service to one another more meaningful. Dear Lord thank you for the simple opportunities to live the message of your great love.
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you. By this all men shall know that you are my disciples.