Face-masks are changing – from ill-fitting disposable* ones discarded after each use, to face-masks that are bright, colourful, personal, washable and re-usable. Rev Deacon Susan Wickham (see photo below), Minister at Church of the Trinity, takes the prize for one that made people laugh this week. Consider buying face-masks online to support the work of Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation which performs life changing surgery on women in Africa living with fistula, or another charity of your choice selling face-masks. Or one that will bring a ‘crinkled eye smile’ to others. Or even to show your support for your football team for the finals season!
We’re in this for the long haul with mandatory mask wearing until we’re given the ‘all clear’ from the health authorities. In the scheme of things a minor inconvenience if it serves to keep us – and our neighbours – safe.
A prayer for face-masks from the United Church of Canada:
Creator, as I prepare to go into the world,
help me see the sacrament in the wearing of this cloth –
let it be an ‘outward sign of an inward grace’ –
a tangible and visible way of living love for my neighbours,
as I love myself.
Christ, since my lips will be covered, uncover my heart,
that people would see my smile in the crinkles around my eyes.
Since my voice may be muffled, help me speak clearly,
not only with my words, but with my actions.
Holy Spirit, as the elastic touches my ears,
remind me to listen carefully – and full of care –
to all those I meet.
May this simple piece of cloth be shield and banner,
and each breath that it holds be filled with your love.
In your name and in that love, I pray.
May it be so. May it be so.
(*If you do use disposable face-masks, remember to snip the straps when putting them in the rubbish, as there are reports of wildlife becoming entangled in the straps – see photo below)