What is a mask? It’s the filter we put on in civilized society in order to peacefully coexist with other human beings. It’s useful and necessary. But for some, a mask is much more.
Masks can become a survival tool. Masks are used to hide loneliness, failure, anger, shame, or grief. Masks can also isolate a person from others because they don’t let people know the real us. Masks can even put distance between us and our heavenly Father. Not because God has moved farther from us, but because by using masks we push ourselves away from Him.
Facing alone the dark corridors of unrelieved depression is a debilitating experience. Rev. Buethe understands those dark feelings. With Masks he offers help to not just those feeling hopeless but to anyone feeling unequal to the task of dealing with life’s challenges. Throughout the Bible, God’s people needed help to get through difficult times. Even Christ was aided by angels after his forty days in the wilderness. You are not alone, nor need you ever be alone again.
God is there for you through whatever you are experiencing. There is no need to pretend to be someone or something you are not. God knows you as you truly are, and He provides for all your needs. He is there to lift you up out of the circumstances that plague you. He is there to give you strength to endure. Trust Him. Rely on Him. Pray to Him. Let Him into your life.
Terry Buethe holds masters degrees in both Sacred Theology and Pastoral Ministry from Concordia Seminary (LCMS) and a master of arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska. Since 2011, he has been sole pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, in Yuma, Colorado.