Our Father who art in heaven:
Here on earth it’s gotten pretty rough. Your name is still hallowed, but we have lots of questions. It’s hard to find You when there’s so much suffering and death going on. We know Your kingdom is come, but it’s hard to figure out how Your will is being done on earth when we are losing so much ground to a physical enemy we can’t even see. This can’t be as it is in heaven. You could stop this any time You want to. Don’t You want to?
Is this the consequence of our sin? Did we bring this on ourselves? Is this punishment, or is this just part of what we have to endure here outside of the garden? Forgive us for what we have done to contribute to the suffering of others. And put forgiveness in our hearts for those who have sinned against us. We are all so connected.
But Lord, hear our prayer and bring this nightmare to a quick end. We long to hug a stranger, or hear the chatter of a noisy restaurant, or the crack of a bat and the roar of a crowd.
Protect the many who are helping the sick — all the first responders. Protect those who don’t have homes to shelter in. Protect the vulnerable. And for those who are sick and are fighting this disease, strengthen their bodies; give them breath. And for the scientists and researchers who are rapidly trying to find a way to combat this enemy, give them wisdom and insight and direction to a cure.
And finally, for those who are facing death alone because there are not enough personnel and protective equipment to have their loved ones around them, may they know that Your son died alone, too, forsaken even by You, and that His death made possible their forgiveness, and that He is right now, as we speak, preparing a place where they can go to be with Him forever.
May those who are facing the possibility of death realize the possibility of life eternal, and find their hope in You. And may all of us be filled with a spirit of love and not fear, as we await the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who has triumphed over death, disease and calamity of all kinds.
For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever … Amen.