Thursday, 2 April, 2020

 

Scripture:  Psalm 34:1-8
I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
    and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him, and be radiant;
    so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,
    and was saved from every trouble.
The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good;
    happy are those who take refuge in him.

 

 

By Laura Kelly Fanucci:
When this is over,                                                   
may we never again
take for granted                                                       
A handshake with a stranger                                            
Full shelves at the store                                         
Conversations with neighbors                              
A crowded theatre                                                  
Friday night out                                                       
The taste of communion                                        
A routine checkup                                                   
The school rush each morning                             
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
Life itself.

When this ends,
may we find
that we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay
that way—better
for each other
because of the worst.

 

Prayer (written for March 29 but equally suitable for today) 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 click bait, 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.  AMEN. 

 

Music: “Ode to Joy” performed by the Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra (in isolation) Please cut and paste—still haven’t figured out what’s wrong with my Word program…
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNBtwsPigcc&fbclid=IwAR1RHm_UvXey5pQZc7Sz_NVdVyHUxoicfpY9qPklikfqfz36NO058Xknkdw

 

 

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