Often masks are a theme for Mardi Gras, when we cover our faces and hide our identity for one last fling, the night before the disciplined season of repentance known as Lent.
Our third Lenten Devotion will be organized around the masks we try to wear without admitting them, using the third strophe of Ernest T. Campbell’s”The City Dweller’s Prayer.”
Behind the masks that we maintain
to shut our sadness in,
There lurks the hope, however dim,
to live once more as (wo)men.
Let wrong embolden us to fight,
and need excite our care;
If not us, who? If not now, when?
If not here, God, then where?
Consider the phrase “the masks we fear we cannot live without, but know we cannot live within.” What are the pretenses and protections that trap us?
We will begin again with dinner, this week provided by the Choir, at 6 pm in the Social Hall.
At 6:40 pm, we will again spend time looking at Scripture, going on a guided mediation and sharing our reactions to the prayer. (Let Mindy know if you will need childcare!)