April 29, 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.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Lord even in the midst of this pandemic, you have supplied my needs. “He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul.” Lord, thank you for our homes to shelter in and the ability to rest when we grow weary. “He leads me in right paths for his name sake.” Thank you, Lord for giving us neighbors to care for and neighbors to share the good news with. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and staff, they comfort me.” Lord, this virus is relentless, and we are anxious, yet we sense your presence with us and that brings us peace. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows” Lord, thank you for the bounty that I have been given. Remind me of all the ways I can share what I have with those who may be in need. "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long." Thank you, Lord, for being my constant companion in every season of my life. Thank you for all the ways you have used this time of trial to broaden my perspective, used me as your servant in my community, given me the impulse to pray for those who are sick, dying and in need, and for allowing me to see you, my Good and Faithful Shepherd. May the gifts of this season be with us long after the pandemic is past. Amen
By Rev. Dr. Jacquelyn Brannen, Northern Maine District Superintendent Scripture: Psalm 23?