A Prayer for the Pandemic

I heard these words spoken by Chris Brooks during the online service for Kairos. I keep thinking about his definition of white privilege– if it’s not my problem, then it’s not a problem at all.

During these times, some are more at risk than others. Some face greater challenges. Some are being inconvenienced while others are fighting for their very lives.

It’s easy to get caught up in the prevalent mode of panic that has pervaded our culture and forget that God is still in charge. He’s still working all things together for our good and His glory.

May these words wash over you and become your prayer for the days ahead:

“May we who are merely inconvenienced
     Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
     Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
     Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
     Remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips
     Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
     Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
     Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
     let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
     Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

Amen”  (Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich).

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