Once again, we are marking a milestone that we don’t want to recognize. This week we reached over 250,000 deaths to COVID 19. The virus continues to march forward and it is our responsibility to do all that we can to help our medical people by wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing and following the guidelines of those who are trying to stop this pandemic.

As people of faith our responsibility is to care for all of God’s people finding creative ways to be community while staying safe and protecting the vulnerable.

Words cannot describe the grief, sorrow and pain of people we know and love. Our hearts ache and our eyes tear up as we reflect on that number.

Let us pray,

God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, we have lost over 250,000 people to COVID 19. We are facing a long winter of sadness and loss.

We open our hearts in anger, sorrow, and hope; for those who lives have been forever changed. May they find solace, sustenance, and strength in the days to come.

We are tired and we are grieving.  We ask for courage, for strength and presence to provide comfort for those who are deep in their grief.

We are tired and bewildered. We do not know when this will end. Give strength to those who work the front lines of the pandemic. Be with nurses, teachers, doctors, paramedics, health care workers, principles, lunch line attendants, bus drivers, pastors and all who put their lives on the line to care for the sick and help us try to live a “normal” life.

Open our eyes, hearts and our hands to the movement of your Spirit, who flows in us like the river whose streams make glad the city of God and the hearts of all who dwell in it and in you.

Adapted from prayers from  Recovering From Un-Natural Disasters by Laurie Kraus, David Holyan, and Bruce Wismer.