May 19, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and the members of the Extended Cabinet 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.
Loving God, Thank you for these Spring days that explode with new life. For the flowering crab apple, cherry, dogwood, redbud, and plum For the buds that pop with leaves that unfurl For warblers, phoebes, grosbeaks, and indigo bunting For the blue skies and warm sun. I thank you that this same Spring comes in the diversity of other plants, trees, birds and signs in other lands, too. And that the warmth of your sheltering love can be felt all over creation. This morning, I bring to mind the faces of friends in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceana, South America, the Middle East, and also here in my little corner of the world. Whether welcoming the same Spring or facing the same pandemic, They are my sisters and brothers. Today, I pray a prayer of peace for these my siblings, for their land and for mine. Help me never to forget That their joy is my joy and that mine is theirs, That their suffering is my suffering and that mine is theirs, That we cannot fully realize our own being without each other. O God, help me never to forget our shared oneness in Christ As I enter this blessed Spring morning. Amen. By Rev. Ted Crass, President of the United Methodist Foundation of New England John 17.7-11 “This Is My Song” UMH 437