365 Days of Prayer – Day 122 – Changes

When I started these 365 days of prayer, I never foresaw the changes and the challenges we would face -as a world!- and the challenges that social distancing and being homebound would bring. I laughed at first that people would buy out all the toilet paper, thinking that reflected contemporary values, but my initial laughter has changed to tears as I contemplate those medical personnel on the front lines without adequate gear -masks and hazard suits- to protect them in the work they still show up for day after day.

And it is not only the medical personnel, but the grocery clerks, the long-distance haulers, the transportation folks, those state workers who show up to meet the insane demand for unemployment so that people can continue to feed their families and pay the rent while we wait out this time of isolation.

Stupid, I think, are those who don’t take this seriously, when people are suffering through infections they may or may not be able to fight off. To NOT practice social distancing is to put the young and the elderly at further risk.

Noble, I think, those who are reaching out to neighbors while maintaining the six-foot rule to do the extra shopping and helping with the groceries. When I walk the dog in the mornings, there are always neighbors who are glad to see me as we have conversations from across the street.

In short, life is weird and it will never be the same. This morning I talked to a friend in Berlin via ZOOM, halfway around the world, as she is launching her new book on her birthday of April 4, 2020. More and more things will probably be done via technology, at least until we know this virus has been managed.

Creator, guide us as we navigate these turbulent times. Amen

365 Days of Prayer – Day 118 – Stay Home

One of the mandates for the Corona virus is to stay home to help contain the spread within the capacity of the hospitals and health help centers to care for its victims. Governor Cuomo was on the TV exclaiming over people who were still frequenting beaches and coming into close social contact with each other, and specifically asked us to stay home so that we can continue to meet this emergency.

So please, if you happen to see this blog, stay home and keep yourself and us healthy! Thank you!

Creator, today I pray for those on the front of this disease. Keep them healthy, keep them rested, and let this disease burn itself out quickly. Let us honor the caring these individuals do to help those on the brink of death heal. Amen.