It’s hard to find words to express what’s in my heart in light of the illness and anxiety caused by the coronavirus pandemic. I’ve come across numerous meaningful prayers offered by others. Here are two of the shortest and simplest and (in my opinion) profoundest.
Prayers with Children
God of love and hope,
you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,
and all who are working to discover the right medicines
to help those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these anxious times, you are with us.
Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe. Amen.
— – from the Church of England
Prayer for the Christian Community
We are not people of fear:
— we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
— we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
— we are people of generosity.
We are your people God, giving and loving,
— wherever we are, whatever it costs
— for as long as it takes wherever you call us.
— – Barbara Glasson, Methodist Church (London)
:: Prayer for a Pandemic by Cameron Bellm
:: A Pray to God in Anxious Times by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
:: Prayers for People Affected by the New Coronavirus
:: by Kathryn Reid, World Vision