Good morning, DearHeart.
Luke was loading ammo in the middle of the week (yes, we are 2nd Amendment people, don’t hate, get over it). Our friends have a toilet paper stash to the ceiling. I’m buying powdered milk. These days are not normal. Unusual activities.
Fear or preparedness? Maybe a little of both. It doesn’t really matter.
There is a heightened awareness of threats that surround us. We take extra precautions that are unusual to our norm. The numbers of victims, day by day, continue to rise. In masks and gloves, we sanitize going in, and again going out. And, several times in between.
Such a strange adventure.
When it is over, we will all be living a ‘new-normal’.
When disasters like this virus strike, or any world event comes, we often feel like we have no control over the impact of what is happening, it creates fear, stress, and overwhelm. It’s so easy to go into that space of feeling like the world is coming to an end and there’s nothing we can do about it. But we have a choice. We can flip that perspective and come from a place of
It seems to me that our hearts are softer in the quiet of the morning or evening. Especially during times of crisis. Those are times for prayer. Here is one you may want to say, or use, or add to, to make it your own.
‘God of Wonder,
God of Glory,
we come before you with uncertainty
as we see this disease riddling our towns
and our families
and our care-givers.
We pray that Your presence would be felt by those who are grieving,
who are sick,
who are jobless
and those whose worlds have been
and will be rocked.
We pray for wisdom
and safety for those who are responding to the people in need
and the many challenges left in the wake of this disease.
We pray for our church,
that through us,
we may be a witness to Your compassion
and care for all who suffer.
God, you are our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble (Ps 46:1).
You will not leave us or forsake us (Heb 13:5).
You are for us, so who (or what) can be against us? (Rom 8:31).
For this we give You thanks
and ask that You hear our prayers for Your people.
In the precious and holy name of Jesus, I pray.