As the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths continue to increase, many of us experience the grip of a paralysis. Yet, in our Christian faith, our ability to move and find calm and center in the midst of fear and the unknown has always be assisted through prayer. This is so much more that case in our Anglican tradition as we celebrate our Eucharistic liturgy around the Prayers of the People. Our practice allows us to reach out especially to those absent from us and those throughout the world who need our presence. Last Sunday, we included the following in our prayers. I pray that it may offer you a means of connecting with those we have been separated from and those whose lives and situations are in need of our presence, at hand or far away.
I ask your prayers for this pandemic we are experiencing throughout the world (prayer attributed to Cameron Wiggins Bellm):
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 who 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 money 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 neighbor. Amen.
Pray for our neighbors.