May 23, 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.
Your people, O God, know your great love and care,
Yet in days of pandemic, we live with despair.
All over creation, the pain is so real,
And many are sounding a heartfelt appeal
For a way to combat this scourge of each life
That’s causing all nations to struggle with strife.
O Holy One, walk with those, we pray,
Who endure the dangers and stress of each day
While meeting the needs of those who are ill.
We plead with you to in them instill
The resolve and the courage to do what is right
‘Til the world, once again, is winning this fight.
Thus, we turn to your Word, as we always must,
To read again of your gifts to us --
The loving gifts of strength and power
That help us endure each painful hour.
It is that promise that helps us cope
As we wait for news that gives us hope.
So we thank you, Creator, for your amazing grace
And the blessed assurance that every place
And every heart that cries out for your care
Will receive an answer to each fervent prayer.
May your voice be heard with such solemn trust
That our faith remains strong and our power is just.
By Rene Wilbur, New England Conference Lay Leader
Based on Psalm 68:32-35 NRSV