Our Heavenly Father, we acknowledge you as the mighty God, creator of earth, ruler of all that is, all that was, and all that will be.
With your help, Lord, when this pandemic is over, we will be a better people because you sent us to our rooms to re-learn what family is all about. Help us to learn that loving our neighbor actually includes the people that live next to us. Help us not to forget lessons we are still learning during this crisis. May we be stronger for having endured social distancing for the greater good of all.
Holy Father, we need your help. We cannot see beyond the mountain in front of us that professionals call “the curve.” We don’t know what the other side looks like and we struggle to admit we are powerless. Our faith is weak. But with your help may we exclaim,
I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief! Mark 9:24
Holy Spirit, give us an abundance of grace that is matched by the courage to face difficult days ahead. Let our courage be wrapped in kindness to others, to family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. May we learn new ways to love the Lord our God with all our heart and love our neighbors as ourself. Make this become a new normal for us as the Body of Christ. In so doing, may people from all walks of life be drawn to you, Lord, as we celebrate this Easter like never before. May our unity, our commitment, our love for each other be more contagious than any coronavirus ever could be. And may eternity provide evidence of those that chose Christ in these troubled times.
Lord, when historians write stories about the time when we struggled with COVID-19, I pray they highlight the bravery of our frontline workers: nurses, doctors, orderlies, janitors, technicians, and the like; the resiliency of our first responders: the emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, dispatchers, and support crews; and the tenacity of medical professionals that solved complex problems with creative solutions until this virus was completely vanquished.
I pray for divine protection over each one that is in harm’s way. Protect them and bless their families as they suit up with whatever armor is available to guard them against this disease.
I pray above all else that we give you the glory for each new invention and innovation that renders this disease a thing of the past, a sickness that once threatened the earth now conquered.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21