Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
A Prayer for These Times with Honesty and a bit of Humor
For the layers of comfort and convenience that surrounded our lives, WE THANK YOU.
For we who must grieve in isolation and not in community, COMFORT US.
For we whose hearts break when families are separated from those they love, HELP US. For we who care for the sick, PROTECT US.
For we who fear if every whether every sneeze is the plague, CALM US.
For we who weigh each visit if the good might outweigh the danger, GIVE US WISDOM. For we who find ways to support at a distance, ASSURE US THAT WE ARE ENOUGH.
For the ability to turn off the fear-mongering, STRENGTHEN US.
For those moments when we take the rabbit holes of fear and uncertainty, SOOTHE US. For we who live not knowing what lies ahead, help us to TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME.
For we who are now cutting our own bangs at home, GUIDE US.
For we who treat an N95 mask like a winning lottery ticket, HELP US.
For we who feel alone, brighten us with the warmth of a call or text, a child’s laughter, the
understanding of another’s eyes to REMIND US THAT WE ARE NOT ALONE.
For we who can’t embrace in person, ZOOM US INTO COMMUNITY.
For the times when we are out of creative ideas for how to get through this, INSPIRE US. After the exhaustion of unending days, GIVE US LAUGHTER, REST, AND RENEWAL.
For we who suffocate on the warm breath inside a mask, GRANT US FRESH AIR.
For we who feel hopeless, and discouraged, GIVE US EYES TO SEE, EARS TO HEAR,
HEARTS TO FEEL THE BLESSINGS AROUND US.
— by Rev. Nadia Bolz Weber, Lutheran pastor, Denver, CO (edited)