Sage God, things once commonplace, then forbidden, are now parts of our days again. 

We thank you for the tiny gifts of walking without a mask,

seeing an old friend,

having a guest come over – inside. 

We thank you for unlimited toilet paper,

a smile that’s more than the crinkles of the eyes behind a mask,

and the treat of running into someone without a plan. 

Remind us, we pray, to stay grateful for these small gifts,

to not let them be ordinary again.

May we hold tightly to COVID’s lesson of gratitude for the ordinary.  Amen. 

Mary Austin is the pastor of Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, a multi-cultural church in the Washington, DC area. The image above is from Pexels.

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