My God Talk – Week of March 29, 2020

Members and Friends,

In times of stress and uncertainty, we go to God in prayer. I hope that this prayer helps you to have a conversation with God this week. If this is how you are feeling, please pray it with me. Also, feel free to modify it or create your own!

Pastor Ian

God of Heaven,

It’s really starting to get to me. Whatever anxieties normally reside in my soul seem to have invited all their friends to join them. I fear for the health of family and friends, I fear for economic uncertainty, and even my own body now seems to work against me as every minor ache, or cough, or drop of sweat becomes a source of stress and fear. And honestly, my own spiritual vision – when I see by faith the final victory which you have already accomplished – has been eclipsed. My faith sings of hope in you, and my spirit groans for the world you are making; but right now I am having a hard time seeing it. When we began Lent – this liturgical season of wilderness spirituality – I didn’t expect it to be so, well, Lenten.

I yearn for rest in you, God. For the Psalmist declares that we can find refuge under your wings so that we “shall not be afraid of any terror by night…of the plague that stalks in the darkness, nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid-day.” I trust that your angels have charge over me, that they bear me in their hands. Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.

Open my eyes, Lord. Give me a glimpse of the good which you are working despite the evils of COVID-19. Help me to see clearly the path you have laid out for me. Give my soul the peace that you gave to your servant Julian of Norwich, who in the face of even greater illness was still able because of you to declare, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”

Give your wisdom to all persons leading us in this time. Work through them – or even despite them – to restore the original goodness of your world. Grant healing to those who are sick, and be with their families and friends and neighbors, and all those who need you now.

You are God. Before the mountains were raised up, or the earth was formed, or the seas were born – always, you are God. And so I worship you, now and always, the only one deserving of praise.

This is my prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.