Prayer in the face of COVID 19
Lord Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness”. You have been with us as we faced hurricanes and earthquakes, in all our poverty and pain. Come to our aid now, as we face the global spread of the coronavirus. Be with us in this time of anxiety, uncertainty and sorrow.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. Be their comfort and strength. May they regain their health through quality medical care.
Deliver us from panic and fear, which prevent nations from working together and people from helping one another.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection, your wisdom, your peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks.
Through this period of anxiety and pain, bring us all to a stronger faith, wider charity and a deeper appreciation of your active presence in our lives.
LORD JESUS, HEAR US AND HEAL US. AMEN.
(adapted from Kerry Weber)