Masks, they come in all shapes and sizes.

The wearing of masks has produced an interesting array of colours, styles, and textures. From the simple disposable masks to the professionally produced face hugging polyurethane models, from the simple piece of t-shirt material to the beautifully made multi pleated, multi-coloured models produced by the Sewing Belles. Each reflects in some way the personality of the wearer. Some are worn all the time, some only in buildings, and some hang limply under the chin!

Masks protect but they have also shown how much we rely on interaction and reaction in our relationships. It is said that the eyes are the window of the soul, but a smile speaks a thousand words. Just as so many looked forward to being able to be together again in fellowship and community in worship, now we look forward to the time when we can see if someone is happy or sad, engaged or disengaged, by being able to see their face, unmasked from material but also we pray from fear, self-doubt, pain and suffering.

We all wear masks at times and have done so all our lives. Fear can make us conceal our true feelings, self-doubt can make us be what we are not, pain can lead us to bury ourselves away, and suffering can lead to loneliness and despair. Yet so many of us hide behind a smile or an ‘I’m OK, thanks’, the pretence being a mask as surely as the cotton face covering is.

The Covid-19 pandemic has helped so many of us reassess our lives, helped us realise what is important and what is not. When we come out from behind our physical masks, I pray that we will all be more aware of the feelings of others, more open to allowing others to know our feelings.

God sees behind our masks and loves what he sees.

Rev Sarah

We continue to prayer for Dereck and Angela, Clive, Derrick, Judy, Judith, Margaret and any who are in need and those who have recently died and their loved ones Prue Johnson-Cadwell and Sylvia Newall.

Lord God,
your Son left the riches of heaven
and became poor for our sake:
when we prosper save us from pride,
when we are needy save us from despair,
that we may trust in you alone;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.