FTP: Masking up

Pastor Gary Karschner

The other day a friend and I were talking about the current affairs of our nation. We both agreed we feel alienated from helping our situation because we are having to abide by the rules telling us we must be wearing masks in public. I understand why we have to wear masks and I am in agreement with those directives. My complaint is these masks have literally taken away our identities. There are several reasons for this.

One, having to have a mask available before you can enter a facility is frustrating. How many of you have been denied entrance because you did not have a mask on, or because half way across the parking lot you realized you had left your mask in your vehicle and you had to make that walk of shame back to your car? (Ever thought about having to go into a facility to purchase a mask and you were denied admittance to the facility. How does one handle this situation?)

Two, have you ever been greeted by a person wearing a mask and you had no idea who you were talking to? Remember, “bad guys” wore a mask for this very reason…to hide their identities. How awkward is it to try to figure out who is talking to you before admitting defeat and humbly asking the person “please excuse me, but who are you”.

Three, and this may or may not affect all of you. Do your glasses fog up when you wear a mask? Yeah, you folks wearing glasses know what I am talking about and others of you with good eyesight have not experienced this wonderfulness of steamed up glasses. The fact we are all wearing masks, and each of us has experienced various challenges, lessens the sting of being embarrassed by the adventures of having to wear a mask. In a few months, I hope memories of these things will be just memories and we will not be wearing masks anymore.

Channel Change. Hope we see you folks at the Miles Super Bowl Stew Fest next Sunday. Stop by Weatherby Hall in Miles between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and pick up some homemade stew, desserts and cornbread. It will be the perfect meal to enjoy while watching the super bowl game. I always look forward to meeting the guests and visiting with them for a few minutes. Many times they offer me some suggestions about what I can do with my writings. I am sure they offer those comments in a good kind of way. Keep praying for rains and being thankful for the rains we have received. Be Well, Gary K.

Gary Karschner is the pastor at Miles First United Methodist Church