More than three decades ago I attended my first open AA meeting with someone I loved.
I was only 16, but it changed my life.
There I sat, for the first time in my life, with a group of people lacking all pretense.
The room was filled with real people!
Masks had been discarded. Transparency and authenticity reigned.
It was safe.
It was a safe place and I was mad.
“Why is the church not like this?!” I thought. “It should be the safest place there is to be real.” But I knew in my heart, that for most people, it was the last place they would choose to be real. Even as a teen, this truth made me sad and mad.
The definition of pretense . . .
An attempt to make something that is not the case appear true.
The definition of pretentiousness . . .
Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, etc than is actually possessed.
Pretense and pretentiousness smother our souls. They add to our heart, an unbearable burden.
Healing becomes the gift we embrace and the gift we can share.
We pray for safe people and safe places for us today. We are tired.
We pretend, all too often, that everything is OK when it is far from the truth.
No rest can be found in this place, no rest for our weary, wounded soul.
Jesus, we need a safe place to let down our guard. Pave the way. Pave the way today.
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Where and with whom do you lay down your masks?