I wasn't expecting the world to really open and it didn't disappoint. I went to get some things on Saturday and found so many things still weird and off limits. Several stores will not allow you to come in without a mask. There were part of Phoenix that gave me dirty looks for not having a cool and trendy mask on. I know that this may not be true but this is what it felt like. My children and I currently have a type of mask to use should we want to go into a store and not have a mask available.
I didn't expect church to open. I really didn't. I also didn't expect things to get stricter after the quarantine has been lifted. In the midst of the pandemic I was able to go to work if I forgot something. Now I am no longer an essential person and there are less people with clearance. It feels like we are going backwards.
We went to church. I thought it funny going to church looking like an outlaw. I really hate trying to breathe through those masks. There is no old normal. There is only new normal, a concept I understand very well. And yet... I sang. I wasn't in the corner so I wasn't hidden away but I sang any way. I worshipped God. I heard the Word. I saw my brothers and sister. I didn't see all of them but I saw some of them. It is good to go to God and worship.
I thought of the woman who attempts to live their lives in a burqa/burka. I don't like wearing a mask!!! I thought of those who worshipped God in secret and underground churches and here I am rolling up with my people like it was nothing. I thought of those who really longed to come to church but just couldn't. I even thought of those people who didn't know what it is like to part of a church. To see your children grow up in a church. To see people you know and who know you. Today I went to church in a mask and it was a blessing. Praise the Lord!