Friday, March 22, 2019
“When Moses finished speaking with the people, he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off.” [Exodus 34:33-34]
When you walk out your door in the morning, what veil do you put on? What do you feel you have to hide from others? I remember a conversation with a friend who shared how she had put on her game face when she came to church one Sunday. Although, grief was overwhelming her, she hid it away. She placed a metaphorical veil over her face and pretended that all was well even though it was not. How many times have you done this? If we are honest with ourselves, we probably have all done this. Yet, as God’s people we are called to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. When we do this for each other the space between us is sacred, because we acknowledge the divine image in each other. Let us learn to be present to one another in such a way that we allow each other to remove our veils.
O God, my veils protect me from being wounded by others. Even so, I know my veils prevent the deep and abiding relationships I long for. Give me the courage to slowly begin removing my veils with others and especially with you. Amen.