October 23, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, the United Methodist Foundation of New England 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.
Deuteronomy 34: 10-12; Psalm 90: 1-6, 13-17 Psalm 90 is the prayer of Moses, the man of God. No other prophet was raised in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. No one has ever shown the might power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of Israel. We hear the prayer of this prophet in Psalm 90. This man of God begins his prayer acknowledging that the Lord has been our dwelling place through all generations, “from everlasting to everlasting you are God”. Moses also laments in this scripture as we do during this COVID-19 pandemic. Dear Lord and Savior, We your children whom you made for your pleasure are crying out to you. As Moses laments in his prayer given in the Psalms, we ask “How long will it be?” We ask for compassion on us your children. We have been tossed about during this pandemic as the Israelites were at some points when Moses led them through the desert. Like the Israelites we have grown weary and sometimes cannot put our trust in you as we should. But God, we know as our Father you will satisfy us in the morning of your appointed time with your unfailing love. Then we will sing to you and be glad for as many days/years as we have seen trouble. Yes, dear God we know, that as you sent us your son Jesus, you will come to us and relieve us of this weariness. We, your children like Moses your servant, will surrender all and trust you, for we know that your favor will rest on us. Amen.
Dr. Dorothy J. Phillips, Board Member, The United Methodist Foundation of New England and Member, Fisk United Methodist Church, Natick, MA