This is another coronavirus prayer.
It seems impossible to talk to you about anything else
without talking first about the pandemic.
More than 1 million cases around the world now.
A third of the globe’s population in some kind of lockdown.
I know you know this,
but all the conversations I have these days
starts with some kind of litany,
back and forth,
and supermarket experiences,
names of those we know who are sick,
or have died.
So I offer you the ones I love,
the ones I worry about,
the ones whose homes are not safe.
the ones who have no home.
I ask your protection and grace
for all who are exposed to risk
by their work,
by their care for others.
And, dear God
I pray for steadiness
in the midst of this all,
for steadiness and an open heart
that I might be changed by this experience
and grow ever more in love for my neighbour.
For you, O God,
are a rock and refuge,
you are love,
you are peace.
Jemma Allen is a priest of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and primarily expresses that vocation as a counsellor and spiritual director. She serves on the Board of RevGalBlogPals.
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