April 18, 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.
Everlasting and eternal God,
Who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Who saw the pain of the people of Israel and redeemed them from slavery,
Who heard the mourning of the captives and ransomed them from their lonely exile,
Who watched Your Son Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and raised him up from the dead.
We were so grateful for the celebration of this Easter Sunday that was like no other;
Singing Hallelujah at home, at the top of our lungs, along with a virtual choir,
Watching the powerful story of the empty tomb from the couch,
Sharing a Love Feast with family members,
Recognizing how greatly we needed the spirit of Easter and living it out as Easter people.
Now, only five days later, after being filled with the great joy of Jesus’ triumph over death,
We feel like those Israelites who were in captivity,
We feel like Thomas who doubted your real presence,
We find our daily life compromised by anxiety, fear, and doubt.
There are times when we wonder, “Where is God in this pandemic?”
There are times when we feel that God seems so far away,
There are times when we think God is absent from our midst,
There are times when we ask, “How long, O God, do we need to endure?”
So continue to have mercy upon us, O Lord,
And redeem us from the doubt and despair that is within us and around us,
Deepen our faith so that we may remain pure and genuine through this trial,
Grant us your peace and restore our true Easter joy,
Help us to understand that “Blessed are those who believe without seeing me”
Help us to love you, O Lord, “even though we do not see you now.”
We choose to trust in your ever-present love,
Our faith will remain “strong through many trials”
For “it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”
By Rev. Taesung Kang, New Hampshire District Superintendent Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31 NLT