September 9, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, members of the Katahdin 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.
Almighty God; Our world is in turmoil because of this pandemic. We are growing weary. Every day, we witness the enemy, through pundits on social media and television, exacerbating issues that already cause divisiveness: everything from racism and social injustice, to the right to bear arms and interpreting CDC data. O. Lord, we often yearn for things the way they used to be. At least then we might find comfort in the familiar. Help us to seek your face and not the face of this imperiled world. Help us to acknowledge, Lord, that you simultaneously go before us, follow behind us, and are present with us always. Help us to know, Lord, that each and every waking day, you place, between us and the enemy, visible signs of your presence and power that guide us and protect us. Even in the darkest of times, you set before us the guiding light of your Holy Spirit, compelling us to make the journey with you. Saints; Don’t be distracted by the many voices vying for your attention. Take time to daily commune with the Lord, and immerse yourself in God’s presence. When you feel overwhelmed, feeling that stress and struggles are pursuing you, don’t dwell on what looms ahead, or what may be coming up from behind. Focus instead on God and rely on God’s power – not yours. Trust God because God holds the future – no one else. Stretch out your hand over your situation and know full well, that God’s power will come to make a way out of no way for you - onto the solid rock, not sinking sand. Amen.
Pastor Richard Rego, Boothbay Region Cooperative Parish