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A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis for December 15, 2020

December 15, 2020

A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis

During these difficult days, the Seacoast District is 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. ___________________________________________________________________ Today’s Prayer

Based on Luke 1:26-38

Lord of eternity, Lord of heaven and earth, We confess that we only try to find comfort from you when we are in pain. We did not seek your presence in our daily life when everything seems okay. Lord, forgive us and help us see and feel your warm touch through the presence of our dear friends, people we meet in the street, our spouses, parents and children. Lord, sometimes we ask, “How can this be? Why is it I who gets sick? Why is it I who experiences this crisis? Why is it I who loses a job? Why me, my family, and why now?" Like Mary, we are much perplexed by what has happened to us not only this past year but also every day. We could not worship you the same way we used to. We could not hug and shake hands with people we meet on Sunday or any other days. Some of us lost their jobs. Some of us lost family members. Lord, we are distressed and perplexed. Lord, in the midst of our crisis and distress, we ask that we still find favor with you. We know that your presence surrounded Mary as she heard the good but surprising news. Lord, help us to be as faithful as Mary decided to be despite shocking and fearful news. Be with us as we decide to be faithful every day. Come and hold us in your arms so that we are strengthened day by day by your Holy Presence. Help us remember that by being faithful we participate in your kingdom that you will bring here on earth. Come, Lord God Almighty. Come, Jesus Christ your only Son, the Prince of Peace. Come, Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

By: Rev. Sunmin Cho serves Open Table of Christ UMC, Providence, RI, Seacoast District

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