Stained Glass Masquerade. We dress up. We smile. We say we are ‘fine’. We make small talk. We make no mention of the pain inside. No hint of the feelings for failure. We have the perfect life after all. We live in America. We have all the food and clothes we want at our fingertips. We live in nice homes that are heated and cooled to our liking. Why should we ever have a bad day or anything going wrong?
So we line up in the pews and praise the Lord for all the great things He has done for us and all He has given us. And we smile at those beside us and assume that everything is fine for them too. Then after a couple of hours we file out, wave smartly to all our friends and drive home to our ‘real’ lives for the rest of the week.
Praising God is something we can do even through the hard times, through the pain, through the heartaches we face. I don’t want anyone to think we shouldn’t praise God in all things. But sometimes it’s hard and sometimes we need to cry and scream and wail instead of standing and singing and dancing. Sometimes we need to beat our fists on the bench instead of waving our hands high. Sometimes we just need to know it’s ok to not be happy and joyful when our hearts are breaking or we are dealing with a hard situation.
So to those of you who feel this way, have felt this way in the past or may have a path of sorrow ahead that you can’t see yet, please know it’s ok to cry, ask why, withdraw from the stained glass hall, give up the masquerade! Reach out to a friend, a pastor, a neighbor. Send me an email if you have no one you feel you can turn to – I will share your burden and say a prayer. God loves you and He will get your through anything. Getting your through often involves using His followers to come along side you and give you someone to lean on to bring your through to the other side where you can laugh and smile and sing again.
Stained Glass Masquerade – Casting Crowns
This song has been a favorite of mine for a long time.
Have a blessed Sunday