Lord,

Our world is in a crisis. It’s not a tragedy that has occurred, and now we are picking up the pieces. It is a crisis that is ongoing, and how horrific it becomes is dependent upon how we act in the next few days and weeks. And we confess that we are afraid and not sure what we should do.

Christ, hear our prayer!

Take away all of our fear, and replace it with a tenacity to address our realities. Give leaders wisdom to make decisions that do no harm, and enhance the common good. Fill our hearts with compassion that overflows, especially for the ill, aged and those living on the margins. Set aside our stubbornness and pride thinking we know best, and help us listen to those who know the science. Enable us not to get stuck in how we are used to doing things, but enable us to discover creative new ways to reach out in ministry in Jesus’ love. 

Christ, hear our prayer!

But most of all, help us to live in Your grace day-by-day and moment-by-moment. Deepen our trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. And live by the power of the Holy Spirit more than we ever have before.

Christ, hear our prayer!

Amen.