I wanted to send a prayer today, and some scripture verses which help lift our spirits and bring us hope. Lo and behold, the following prayer was sent to me in my Inbox, and I will share it with you.
I leave these following bible verses with you as well. May they sustain you in this trying time. God is Spirit, our scriptures tell us (Jesus speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well, one of my very favourite bible passages:
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth,” John 4: 23, 23).
And so we stay connected to the Divine, our Spiritual Parent, our Heavenly Father & Mother, our Higher Power, the Great Spirit of the Universe, the Spirit of all Creation, the Great I Am, however you call this Spirit and recognize the Benevolent Spirit of Love. God is love and God loves us. Jesus loves us. Jesus, called Immanuel, means “God with us.” God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are with us, and they will love us through COVID-19.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord,” Jeremiah 29: 11-14.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble,” Psalm 46: 1.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” Matt.11:28.
“Why are you so downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God,” Psalm 42: 11.
“The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those who are crushed in spirit,” Psalm 34: 17, 18.
May God bless you and keep you,
Pandemic. A poem by Rev. Lynn Ungar.
What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful. (You could hardly deny it now.)