Oh, The Masks We Wear

When I think of all the time I spent trying to be someone I really wasn’t, with my mask of “We will never discuss my past. It was in the past, and I am ignoring all the pain deep in my soul. If I ignore it, surely, it will go away.” I was wearing the “I am fine.” mask in order to get on with my life. However, I brought my pain, past and hiddenness right into my relationship with Jesus. Well, and with everyone. I was trying to hide my true story from fellow travelers as well as Jesus. I was ashamed of parts of my past. Parts were too hard to discuss.

I am so thankful for the women and men who took the time to help me look at both my exterior mask, and my interior life I tried to keep hidden from God and everyone. They brought truth, love, forgiveness and comfort for the shameful, hurtful parts of my story. Revealing the hidden parts of my life, and praying about them, brought relief and healing.

Now, I am turning to those fellow travelers and suggesting they look at their masks, too. And just maybe release some trauma through the making of the art masks and praying about their stories.

Trust in him at all times, all people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge. – Psalm 62:8

One thought on “Oh, The Masks We Wear

  1. Lovely post!
    In my blog I share my experiences from a Drama Games Workshop. Almost all of my posts have existential content. I would really like to hear your insights on them! 🙂

    In “The Mask Maker”, Marcel Marceau explores the full range of human emotions; the narrative gestures, the slight adjustment of body stance, the amazingly facial expressions signalize an alphabet of human emotions one right after the other.

    How many times does a clown becomes a mask maker?
    How many times in our life do we all of us become mask makers??
    https://thedramagames.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/marcel-marceau-the-mask-maker/

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