Because of the pandemic in my country, England, it is becoming compulsory to wear face masks. There had been much debate about their effectiveness. Many of your countries have been way ahead of us.There is still discussion as to whether we are protecting ourselves or others.

I am very happy to mask my face as I am old enough to remember owning a gas mask during WW 2.

But we also need to consider the virus that comes out of all our mouths – hateful words, gossip, slander, sneering, rumour, lies and so on. These are a virus which hurt and wound. We also need protection from these words which are directed at us.

‘With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s image.. Out of the same mouth come forth praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.’ James 3:9-10