My mask has become an "object lesson" I take with me as I enter public spaces. The science says that a mask does not protect the wearer from contracting a virus, but it may protect other people from our germs that could cause them sickness or death.
Masks can be a little hot and uncomfortable, especially for a long period of time. (Note: People at county commission meetings can ramble on for much longer than necessary. <grin>) It can also be a little humiliating to be the only person in the grocery store wearing a mask. (Yes, I've gotten some of "those" looks.)
The thought that struck me the other day, however, is that I'll bet it was pretty uncomfortable and humiliating for Jesus to have nails driven through his hands and to be hung on the cross to save us from the sickness and certain death of our sins. A lot of people that he came to save scoffed at him, and humiliated him, and didn't think they needed his protection.
So perhaps when you don your masks, forget all the drama and dissension and fear that has surrounded COVID-19. Use the discomfort of those masked moments as an opportunity to reflect on the suffering and death of Jesus, who lived and died and lived again so that we can have life, and have life abundantly.
-- Commissioned Lay Pastor Deb Hadachek, Beloit First Presbyterian Church