Reflections

A Magazine of Theological and Ethical Inquiry from Yale Divinity School

A Prayer for Our Time

By: 
Frederick J. Streets '75 M.Div.

Spirit of All Creation:

May our faith in you and one another guide us

as we cannot yet see our way through this time of crisis.

May our hope in you and the goodness of our neighbors

strengthen us as we endure our discomforts and fears.

Give comfort to all who are emotionally,

physically, and spiritually distressed.

Bless our healthcare providers and all

who are taking care of those who are ill.

Grant wisdom and discernment to those who

are researching and searching for medicines to combat

our diseases, the coronavirus, and other illnesses.

Help us to reassure and comfort our children and

protect them from harm and danger.

Grant, O God, those who lead our governments,

institutions, hospitals, our schools and local organizations,

safety and emergency services, and us, wisdom beyond

our own wisdom to contain the coronavirus;

faith beyond our own faith to help us to fight our fears

and strength beyond our own strength to be resilient

and sustain all of our vital institutions through

this time of turmoil.

Although we are physically separated from

one another help us, Eternal One, to maintain

our social connection to one another by our

creatively and ethically using social media.

Help each of us to know that there is something in us

stronger than fear. Birth in us a new sense of hope

that will help us to rise above the clouds of despair.

Grant, Eternal Love, that we emerge from this time of crisis

a more loving people who are more committed

to the welfare of all and the earth that sustains us.

Amen

The Rev. Frederick J. Streets ’75 M.Div., is senior pastor of

Dixwell Congregational Church, New Haven, CT.

Issue Title: 
Hard Times, Gospel Values
Issue Year: 
2020