July 30, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, members of the Green Mountain District of the New England Conference 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.
Inspired by Genesis 32: 22-31, Psalm 17: 1-7, 15 and hymns as noted*
O God, Savior of those who seek refuge, 1 our hearts are restless.2 The night is long; we are weary from wrestling, grappling with disease and dis-ease, the coronavirus and the racism virus twisting, turning, yearning for relief. We are worn out; our spirits limp.
Oh, that our hearts might find rest in you.2 We call upon you, for you will answer us. You listen and hear our words.
You attend to us: 1 Our cry goes up, “How long?” May our night of weeping soon become the morn of song. 3
Oh that we, like Jacob Israel, would prevail in holding fast to you,
we would not let you go until we know your name, your nature. Speak to our hearts, in blessing speak and tell us if your name is Love. 5
Do not let us go, we rest our weary souls in you. Help us trace the rainbow through the rain and feel the promise that morn shall tearless be. 4
Wondrously show yourself then this night will be over; we shall awake beholding your presence and be satisfied.1
‘Tis Love! ‘tis Love! Thou diedst for me, I hear thy whisper in my heart. The morning breaks, the shadows flee, pure, Universal Love thou art. To me, to all, thy mercies move; thy nature and thy name is Love. 5
Evie Doyon, lay pastor at Northfield United Methodist Parish, Northfield, VT, and Green Mountain District Administrative Assistant