December 2, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, members of the Green Mountain District of the New England Conference are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.
You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.
Inspired by Isaiah 40:1-11
Heavenly father, this we know:
You are a God who loves his children,
and a God who listens to prayer.
And here we are, in this time of near winter,
worn by seasons, worn by pandemics
of disease, distress, anger and fear.
We are a people made for relationship
too often separated and distanced.
We are a people of love,
too often missing the mark,
too often exposed to anger.
We are a people who plan,
in a time where there are no plans, only constant change,
season after season of uncertainty.
We have felt loss. And there is more ahead.
We cannot see the end of it.
And we are tired.
We are worn beyond our own capacity.
And so we call on you. Not for the first time.
Not for the last.
We call on you, in need of the strength only you can give us.
In need of patience,
hungry for confidence and hope
that only you can bring. Only you.
For you are God. And we are not.
This we know:
You are in this time Lord. Let us see you.
You are in this time Lord. Help us trust you.
You are in this time, give us strength
to be your people, in the midst of it all.
Open us. Help us be your light,
even now, Lord.
Pastor Tom Atkins, Rupert United Methodist Church, Rupert VT; Green Mountain District
Artwork by Tom Atkins