A Prayer for Such a Time as This
Abba, Father, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God of Israel, perfect Triune God who is love, wrap your strong divine loving arms around the least – around the poor, the broken, the homeless, the refugee fleeing violence and poverty, the victims of cruel public policy, of xenophobia, racism, ageism, prejudice, misogyny, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, and homophobia; the victims of war, violence and hatred; the lonely, the mentally ill, the sick, the dying, the incarcerated. Wrap your strong loving arms around the caregivers, the family members, the nurses, respiratory therapists, surgeons, physicians, chaplains, paramedics, first responders, and all those who care for those in need. Speak directly to the hearts of the fearful, the lonely, the sick, the confused, the dying, even to the hearts of the comatose who can nevertheless hear your voice – communicate to the souls of all in need your unconditional love, mercy, and grace; comfort as only you can; whisper forgiveness, assure of life and love everlasting. When we pray, “give us this day our daily bread,” this is what we mean. Grant it O, Lord, for Jesus’ sake who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, our God. Amen.