We all wear masks here for our own protection but mostly for the protection of others. Somebody told me they were smizing. I thought she made up the term but it actually means to assume a playful or alluring expression of the eyes.

That’s necessary now when eyes are all we can see of one another. Debate masks as you will, what are their harm? They sound like the Doctor’s Hippocratic Oath, first do no harm. And masks definitely fit that bill.

We can still smize with our eyes and our friends understand we are doing our bit for the health of the world around us. Meanwhile, men don’t have to shave and women are saving a bundle on make-up!

And boy, isn’t it great when God covers/masks our sin.

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

(Psalm 32:1)

 We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority.

(From 1 Thessalonians 2:4-6, NIV)

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