The mask debate, (along with the vaccination dispute) is creating (or is it revealing) a distinguishable chasm (both literally and figuratively) among neighbors, community and country.  The recent School Board meeting was described as cantankerous (which can be defined as bad-tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative.)  Not exactly the words you want to hear describing a School Board meeting but it is representative of what’s going on. Dialogue is muted and disagreement has become dangerously heated. We’re living in a binary world. The excessive belief in one’s own ideas and an inflated self-view, leads to ultimately a disrespect and disregard for others.  So, I’m suggesting we’re not listening to understand, rather we listening to dispute, reject and retaliate. I don’t believe it is an overstatement and it’s not a good place to find ourselves. I’ve been pondering: What happens when passion is pushed to the excess? Does not excessive passion lead to fanaticism? Nothing good, nothing worthy, nothing creative comes from excessive passion.  I’m not particular fond of wearing a face covering.  I may not like it (at best I accept it) but there is strong evidence favoring face covering. Wearing a mask slows the spread of COVID-19, it reduces the risk of infection and the severity of illness. Yes, a face covering is a nuance. Yes, it is burdensome. Yes, it is irritating. And yes, we should be wearing one – at least for a bit longer.

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:9-11
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;  love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Reflection Questions:
What are you passionate about?
What happens when passion is pushed to the excess?
How are you serving the Lord?

Prayer: Holy God, let my love be genuine. Keep me open to the voices of others and help me to listen to understand. Amen