"God of creation, you have seen everything that has ever happened. You have seen plagues, epidemics, and pandemics. You have watched your children suffer and die. You have heard the cries of grief.
Almighty and Merciful God, of your bountiful goodness, Keep us from all things that may hurt us, may harm us, that we, being ready in body, mind, and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things to which you call us. (adapted United Methodist Book Of Worship 523, For Safety)
And so in this time of pandemic:
* May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
* May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
*May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
*May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options
And be mindful that for many of those children school is not only their only safe place, but is also the only source of a nutritious meal.
*May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those who have no place to go.
* May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
*May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
All this in the name of Jesus, the Christ, Amen."
(adapted, author unknown, from St. John's United Methodist Church,2626 Arizona Street NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 Constant Contact post, 3/12/20)