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We’ve become used to wearing masks, we may not like them but we wear them to protect others. Surprisingly some people have said they like them, because it means people can’t see their expressions and how they are feeling. That brings a whole new meaning to mask wearing.

Actually even before Covid forced us to wear masks, we wore them!

Many people admit to putting up a façade, in effect wearing a mask, so that nobody can see who they really are, in case they don’t ‘fit in’.

Do you have a mask that you hide behind? To cover up your imperfections in case people see real things about you that might change their image of you. A false self-assured image to keep people from knowing the real you with your flaws and failures. It may feel safer behind the mask but it becomes exhausting and it’s misleading and deceptive.

Masks come in a whole variety of shapes and sizes, from those we wear in public, being pleasant and kind to a partner but once home become unhelpful and rude: to those we wear on a Sunday for Church but then neglect Jesus through the rest of the week.

Masks mean pretending to be one thing when we are not that at all

We might be able to fool other people and even ourselves, but we can’t fool God. We can’t wear a mask in our interactions with God. He knows, us and more than that, loves us for who we are.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

May we be brave enough to take off the masks (not the medical ones!) and be what God wants us to be.

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