Posted on April 27, 2020 by Nancy Schmitt
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole
body will be full of light.”
As the Coronavirus pandemic days continue we have been encouraged by health officials to wear face masks when out in public. It’s been interesting to see the different style of masks that people are wearing. Some are plain and basic, some are innovative, some are made from bandannas or t-shirts, others are made of colorful, printed fabrics, and others have printed words or messages on them.Whatever type of face mask that is worn, we are told to make sure it fully covers our nose and mouth. So, now when we encounter one another in public the only part of each other’s faces that we can see are the eyes. And our eyes really do tell a story about us. Our eyes can look tired, weary, sad, happy, sparkling or smiling. Scripture tells us that our eyes are the lamp to the body and that if our eyes are healthy, our whole body is full of light. It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul.
Last week, our church served the Sunshine Supper community meal in Sun Prairie. During these Covid-19 days, the meals are served in a drive-up style and the limited number of volunteers must wear gloves and masks. One of our senior high youth was the ‘runner,’ who ran the meals out to the cars. As he came back inside to get more meals he said someone told him they liked his smile. He said, “But I’m wearing a mask.” I told him his eyes were smiling; and they were. As he delivered the meals to each car, his eyes greeted them with a friendly, caring ‘smile.’
As we continue to wear our face masks to protect each other in these days, may we share a ‘smile’ in our eyes so that others can also ‘see’ the light of the risen Christ shining through us. Smiling eyes can reflect the hope and light of God’s abundant grace even from six feet away!