“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The One who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

I saw her from a distance as I walked into the store, standing by herself as she waited for her husband, I thought. Known both of them for quite awhile from a church I enjoyed attending.

Thought I would try to surprise her since she had not seen me, so, hurriedly, I guided my cart over to where she was, stopping just a few feet away before she turned – a little startled – and spoke: “I’m sorry but I don’t recognize you.”

I had entered the grocery store with a mask on my face, so, I pulled it down, and she showed signs of uncertain recognition as she spoke a soft “Hi.”

My wife and I nodded again and walked away.

“I’m surprised she didn’t know who I was at first,” I said. “I’ve known her and her husband for years.”

“It could be,” my wife explained, “that you forgot to take your sunglasses off.”

When we had entered the building coming out of a bright sunlight, I had not removed my sunglasses nor my mask. I quickly removed the glasses.

But while there are moments where we find humor in the midst of a deadly virus, there are also the macabre incidents that defy the actions of some…

At another Arab grocery store, a disturbing incident occurred.

Customers were shopping cautiously during the virus pandemic – some with masks and others not – when a lone, masked, older gentleman, Fred, was proceeding down an aisle with a cart.

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