June 16, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and the members of the Extended Cabinet 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.
So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes.
Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, "Do not let me look on the death of the child." And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept.
And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.
Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him."
Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink.
God was with the boy, and he grew up.
The cries of Ishmael shake me to my core.
The cries of Hagar cut me to the quick.
How could any mother, any father watch their child die right before their eyes?
How could anyone watch as their neighbor, their sibling dies?
It is unbearable. It is unthinkable.
I hear the cries for Mama.
For those in the hospital struggling with CoVID, isolated from loved ones.
For those struggling to make it in this economy.
For those on the streets struggling to breathe, for their very existence.
For those separated from loved ones due to famine or war.
I know you are the God who hears.
I know you are the God who sees.
Take our brokenness.
Hear our cries.
Be with us. Amen.
By Rev. Megan Stowe, Central Massachusetts District Superintendent