During these days of Covid 19, masks have become a necessary addition to our apparel as we venture into spaces where it is difficult to be appropriately distanced. People with the skill have been making masks and sharing them with friends and neighbors. Sadly, there has been a time when masks were in short supply for those in our health care system. As such, their health was sometimes potentially compromised. Masks in this instance are being used for protection and to minimize the transmission of germs that could cause the spread of Covid 19.
I was thinking, though, that even before Covid 19, many people wore a different kind of mask which in many cases wasn’t healthy or helpful. We wear emotional masks that can distance us from others, even those closest to us; we wear spiritual masks which might well distance us from God. The masks we wear are a way of protecting ourselves from harm or disappointment. And yet, whether we are talking about our relationships with other people, or our relationship with God, those emotional and spiritual masks might well do anything but protect us. In fact, they may well add to our stress and impair the relationships in question. Read More
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