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Pandemic

 

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love--
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

--Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

Prayer for a Pandemic

By Cameron Bellm 

 

May we who are merely inconvenienced

Remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors

Remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home

Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close

Remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips

Remember those that have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market

Remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home

Remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country,

let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,

Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

Amen.

We come to understand that this is a struggle against our habits and not against a virus. This is an opportunity to turn an emergency into an opportunity of solidarity and unity. Let's change the way we see and think. I will no longer say ‘I'm afraid of this contagion’ or ‘I don't care about this contagion,’ but it is I who will sacrifice for you.

I worry about you.

I keep a distance for you.

I wash my hands for you.

I give up that trip for you.

I'm not going to the concert for you.

I'm not going to the mall for you.

 

For you!

 

For you who are inside an ICU room.

For you who are old and frail, but whose life has value as much as mine.

For you who are struggling with cancer and can't fight this too.

 

Please, let's rise to this challenge!

Come together...nothing else matters.

 

--Author unknown

Prayer for all in the time of Coronavirus

~ From St. Mary's Academy in Portland

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.

 

May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.

 

May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

 

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.

 

May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.

 

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.

 

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.

 

As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.

 

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

 

Amen.

Above shared by Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

A Prayer for Healing

Source of healing,
Cast the light of health and well-being
On those who’ve been exposed to coronavirus,
Those who have contracted the disease,
And those — God forbid — who contract the disease in the future.
Bless them, protect them and bring them speedily to full recovery.
Bless all who are ill
With healing of body,
Healing of soul
And healing of spirit.

.ברוך אתה ה’, מקור חיים
Baruch atah Adonai, m’kor chayim.
Blessed are You Adonai, Source of life.

A Prayer for Travellers

May it be Your will,
Our God,
God of our fathers and mothers,
That we go in peace
And return in peace,
Safe from the ancient hazards of travel –
Enemies, thieves, ambushes and wild beasts –
And safe from modern perils –
Plane crashes and traffic wrecks,
Scammers and con artists,
Infectious disease and quarantine –
So that our travel serves it highest purpose,
And we reach our destination and return home
In joy, life and health.
Grant us grace in Your eyes
And in the eyes of all whom we meet.

.ברוך אתה ה’, שומע תפלה
Baruch atah Adonai, shomea t’filah.
Blessed are You Adonai, Who hears prayer.

A Prayer for Medical Scientists

God of wisdom,
Bless medical scientists and researchers around the world
With insight and skill, dedication and fortitude,
As they combat coronavirus,
So that their work yields knowledge and understanding,
Speedily finding a vaccine, treatments and deterrents to its spread.

Source of life,
Grant public health and government officials
The strength to act swiftly and decisively,
With compassion and understanding,
In service to humankind,
Fighting this outbreak
And the other diseases that still plague the planet,
Diseases threatening the lives of our brothers and sisters,
Nations and communities,
Young and old.

 

Rock of Ages,
Bring an end to disease and suffering,
So that all may know
Your compassion and Your grace.

.ברוך אתה ה’, רופא כל בשר, ומפליא לעשות
Baruch atah Adonai, rofeh kol basar, u’mafliah la’asot.
Praised are You Adonai, healer of flesh, maker of wonders.

Above adapted from "Prayers in a Time of Pandemic"

The Times of Israel

The Blogs: Alden Solovy

A Discussion of Living Under the Spectre of Coronavirus
"That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief"

By Scott Berinato

Harvard Business Review

March 23, 2020

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