Ponderings from the Parish Associate - May 2021


What do your eyes say? For over a year now we have greeted everyone while they were wearing a mask. We have not been able to see their full face and therefore have had to rely on their eyes to convey their expressions. I admit that trying to preach with a mask was not only difficult for speaking, but it also did not allow me to convey the emotion that usually was conveyed by entire facial expressions.

What do we say with our eyes? If they are closed, we assume sleep. If we wink one, we assume we are flirting or that there is a secret conveyed to those who are in on it. If we squint, we think that the sun is too bright or that we are having difficulty accepting or understanding what is being said. But, how do our eyes say we understand and that we love you?

As a part of the community of faith, we are challenged to be welcoming and loving. We must practice using our eyes to more fully convey our concern for all God’s children.

Rev. Dr. Fred Leasure, Parish Associate