Lord, it seems that so many of us
Are focusing our prayers
On the pandemic
On how our lives have changed
And are continuing to change

And we are forgetting to thank you
To thank you for the technology
Which makes connecting possible
Even during a time of lockdown
When we cannot physically meet

So today I thank you for that
I thank you for the Internet
And for all of the social media sites
I thank you for Zoom which really is
The next best thing to being there

We are forgetting to thank you
For all those who are working
To combat the virus
To discover new vaccines
Which may eventually eradicate it

So today I thank you for them
I thank you for the researchers
And other scientists
For the skills you have given them
Which will help them help us

We are forgetting to thank you
For the other workers
The front-line workers
In the medical field
Who have been working tirelessly since the beginning

So today I thank you for them
For the nurses who bear the brunt of care
For the respirologists who operate needed breathing equipment
For the technicians who run the tests
For the doctors who are doing more than they ever thought possible

We are forgetting to thank you
For non-medical people who are getting us through this
For cleaners in public places
For people working on cash registers
For people stocking shelves

So today I thank you for them
For every cleaner who wears PPE to do the job
For store employees who deal with difficult customers
For each person who does something
To make our lives a little more normal

And most of all, Lord,
I thank you for your presence
Even if there are times when
We do not sense it
Even if there are times when
We feel alone
Even if there are times when
We long for something more tangible
We know you are with us
And we are grateful for that


The Reverend Doctor Katherine Burgess, a second-career minister, serves two congregations in the province of Québec, Canada. Because Québec is still in the Red Zone, both congregations are worshiping online. Session, Presbytery, and Synod meetings are also online. She is one of the regular contributors to the Saturday Prayer for RevGals. She lives with her husband, Keith, a dog named Bella, and a cat named OhchoCat. She shares daily prayers on her Facebook page. She also has a blog, but rarely manages to post anything in it. 

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