April 20, 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.
O God, whose ear is always open to hear our cries,
We cry out to you in the midst of deep distress and anguish that seem to have no end.
Grant us the gift of faith that all our fear may turn into ardent prayer and all our sighs into praise to your listening and commiserating heart.
Hear the cries of all who dearly and desperately pray as they step out of comfort and safety to help end this pandemic.
Grant them and all the gift of the Easter Good News: that nothing can keep your people in the shadow of fear and death forever, and that with you the end is always all redeeming.
Hear the cries from this land and all lands.
Spread your resurrection power over this and all lands to slow the spread of the pandemic and stop the spread of the forces that make us afraid and divided.
O Christ who has journeyed from death to life everlasting,
As our journey in the midst of this present darkness gets longer and more tiring,
Come and join our journey.
Help us open our hearts to you as our constant sojourner that they may be burning again with blessed assurance and resilient hope.
While we deeply thirst for more human connection, family, friendship, and fellowship in the midst of this forlorn season,
Come and meet us in our loneliness and create a sacred space of solitude in us so we remain rooted in you even more deeply.
While we still prayerfully yearn to worship together in our familiar sanctuaries,
We invite you to come and stay in our homes that all may be ever more united in the presence of your compassion and the power of your resurrection.
While we still dearly miss coming to and sharing together at Your Table,
Come and sit with us at our daily table; break bread and share your risen presence with us all.
While the leaders discern when to reopen this land,
Reopen the eyes of their and our hearts to your love of the most vulnerable, ignored, and discriminated against among us.
As we still search for which way to turn and seek to move away from the present challenges,
Come and inspire us anew as your resurrection people that we may turn toward one another to join you on the path of resurrected faith, hope, and love.
In the name and spirit of the Risen Christ on the Road to Emmaus,
By Rev. We Hyun Chang, Metro Boston Hope District Superintendent
Guided and inspired by Psalm 116:1-4 and Luke 24:13-35