If only it was this easy! Have you wondered how to pray in these days when so much is unfolding around us? I find myself often thinking of Romans 8: 26:
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
I want to cling to hope, and I have not lost hope. Honestly, all I wonder about feels so much bigger than all I am assured of right now. I trust God in this, and I struggle. There are what if’s or what’s next, or how will COVID-19 test my faith and life personally?
I am contemplating scenario’s all night and day as I consider Visiting Angels and how we will navigate what is and what is to come. I am surrounded by amazing people who think out loud with me, pray for clarity for me and stand with me every day. And I believe that this pandemic will likely become more real, more personal and more consuming in some ways as people I know and love are burdened and affected with COVID-19. Don’t we all hold the question of how close to home will this come for me?
Over the last years, I have become a great admirer of Nadia Bolz-Weber. My heart sighed tonight when I read her prayer, and I knew it would resonate with others as well. Her words permeated my confusion and heartache. For the words that bring a smile and reminder that God has created so many emotions within us. I nodded and read the words aloud. Yes, Jesus, this is my prayer as well.
I leave you with this prayer and these words. Hold them close, pray them often both in your heart and out loud. Share them at your table and gather with those you love, naming the fear and clinging to the hope.
He will never leave us or forsake us.
Blessed Be His Name
Sunday Prayers by Nadia Bolz-Weber
For the layers of comfort and convenience that surrounded our lives and that we never considered a blessing but always just took for granted, forgive us.
For we who must grieve in isolation and not in community, comfort us.
For we who care for the sick, protect us.
For the ability to turn off the fear-mongering and unhelpful commentary and worst-case scenario *clickbait, strengthen us.
For the times when we are all out of creative ideas for how to get through this with cooped-up kids, inspire us.
For we who are now cutting our own bangs at home, guide us.
For the grace to allow ourselves and others to just be less productive, shower us.
For the generosity needed from those of us who have more resources, empower us.
From our own selfish inclinations, deliver us.
For just being your children, none of whom have done a global pandemic before, love us.
For the days ahead, accompany us.
God unbound by time, help us to know that you are already present in the future we are fearing.
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