Great news!!! It’s going to rain for the next five days!!!!! This morning, a walk in the rain with our puppies, coffee with the spouse, a little update from the “Today ” show about colleges’ responsibility for covid positive students (hey we are living that one in real life. They forgot to ask us for an interview), and then finally sitting down to a new bible devotion that covers the next 10 days. It’s funny, over the last three days I have frantically been completing a statistics assigment because I’m fearful that any moment I’m going to start showing symptoms of covid and will be too sick to complete the assignment. And then this morning a reminder of the seriousness of this pandemic, reading that 28 year old teacher Demetira Banister dies after three days with the virus. That puts my life in perspective. I thank my dear savior for my health, today and ever day.

Yesterday I found an amazing new anthem for quarantine life. It’s called “Cages” by We the Kingdom. The lyrics took my attention when they sang the verse, “What if I took my mask off?” Hey, what are they singing about? Are they against people taking their masks off during the pandemic? Or the opposite. After further study, it’s much deeper than that. The song is about being unveiled and being known by God and being known for who you really are. Check out the beautiful prose from We the Kingdom’s new devotion, Holy Water.

I’ve worn every mask you can find at the mask maker’s shop. It’s an enticing place filled with the most beautifully impossible promises…

“Got a little shame? Try this mask on. It’s perfect for keeping people from knowing all the horrible things you’ve done.”

”Got a little insecurity? This is the one for you. It’s called Pride, and it’ll keep everyone from being able to see the things about you that you think they wouldn’t love.”

“Struggling with doubt? Our Distraction model is the ideal antidote to keep you from having to confront the deep places in your heart that scare you to death.”

“Carry these with you back to the stage of life, and you’re sure to dupe everyone around you and even yourself into believing that you’ve got it all figured out.”

This reflection, as we put on different masks every day, reminds me of the different masks I wear daily: A N95 mask to wear with patients, a pretty mask to match an outfit, or a mask to wear upstairs to my daughter’s room to give her breakfast. So many masks to wear. But we are not to wear a mask to hide who we really are and who God created us to be.

Today I point you to a previous article I wrote when the pandemic first began about supplements to take during this time especially if exposed to the virus. (https://www.hopeforpain.org/fighting-covid-with-vitamins-and-minerals/ ) This week the three of us have been taking daily “Counter Attack” supplement, Vitamin D, and Zinc. If it ever stops raining maybe I can get some good old fashioned Vitamin D from the sun.

Enjoy the new anthem from the attached Spotify playlist. And I will end with the verse from 2 Corinthians, shared by We the Kingdom band. Enjoy your freedom! Even if it’s freedom behind closed doors.

“But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3: 16-18