God of Mercy and Grace,
You have called us from the east and from the west, from the south and from the north to be your body in this world. Keep us connected through you even in our physical distance.
We come to you trusting that you are our refuge and our strength, our very present help in trouble.
We pray for people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and for the family, colleagues, neighbors and friends and medical staff who surround them in care.
We pray for parents and children who are struggling with this new normal of homeschool, especially those who rely on school meal programs. We pray for everyone struggling with these rapid changes. May we be comforted by your peace and your presence. (Especially the young woman, with 9 yr old child, father died just a few days ago from Covid, underemployed, stressed out – who sold me my Christmas gift of Chain saw. On Tuesday I will o deliver and install needed new cedar railing for steps going into her home)
We pray for our leaders. May they be guided by your wisdom. May they be courageous and make the bold decisions necessary to end this pandemic.
And we pray for all the advocates and the volunteers who are responding to your call to care for the people who are most vulnerable in our communities and around the world. Give them endurance. Stir them with your longing for justice. May they be comforted and moved by your Holy Spirit.
And we pray for our Louisville Seminary, its President, faculty, staff and students. Keep them in your care, bless and strengthen them in your service and may we tougher grow and become your People of Promise in this troubled times of so many broken promises.
And hear the prayer for Old Simeon Bob Nicholson in Seattle as he seeks a closer walk with you in these isolating times. Amen.
Through this world with peril filled,
Clear my head and nerve my will,
Grant me calm and vision still
In this day, guide my way,
Close to You.
Rev. Dr. Robert D.Nicholson