Prayers in a Pandemic

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake. Amen.

Two prayers by Lezley Stewart

Lockdown

There were other doors
once locked in fear,
in a time of waiting
and distress.
It was an uncertain,
questioning time -
longing for what had been known
and treasured before.
Into that space,
calming and soothing,
came these welcome words –
“Peace be with you.”
Peace be with you in every worry,
in every sleepless night,
in every loss experienced,
in every comfort now distant.
Peace be with you in every certainty,
in the shared burden of these days,
in the unexpected connections,
in the gift of another sunset and sunrise.
Peace be with you and yours,
the deepest peace,
the strongest peace,
the peace that passes all understanding.
Christ is our peace
and is in our midst.
His words echo again –
“Peace be with you.”

A new normal

Every normal was once new....
it did not arrive,
but came to be.

Time and tide,
call and creativity,
all played their part
in where we arrived –
in this life in God
which we called normal.

And what of Christ,
our hope, our strength –
whose normal,
once,
was family life,
learning carpenter’s ways?

Did he welcome
his call and challenge,
this change to all he knew?

Did he also feel loss,
longing for the familiar,
even while bringing life?

And one day
our new normal,
(still becoming)
will also bring
new hope –
new ways to be.

Things will change
again and always,
for life and faith
never stand still.
God is making all things new.

Even what is normal....