May 18, 2021
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, members of the clergy class of 2020 are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.
You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.
A prayer based on Romans 8:22-27
O God who created us: How long have our bodies been groaning? How long have we longed to be set free? Those of us who have received a vaccine are grateful to be the first crop of a harvest of thanksgiving that will come to fruition when we can truly gather and sing your praises.
How many times in the last year have our prayers been unexpressed groans? How often, even now, do we pray in sighs too deep for words? We do not know how to celebrate our own survival, our own growing freedom to return to something called “normal,” while we see this pandemic wreaking ever more devastation. How can we be glad when our siblings in India experience more grief and loss than we can fathom? How can we celebrate that we are saved while so many are lost every day?
Holy Spirit, we lift our cries and our sighs for what we do not yet see, but what we envision in hope. Though we try to wait with patience. every day that brings death is a day too long. Hear our cries, and join our pleas for your children, O Spirit, our Advocate, our Comforter. Come, now, to help us in our weakness. Amen
Rev. Natalie Hill, LICSW, Deacon serving the Wesley Foundation, Cambridge, MA