New Life Presbyterian Church
Pastor ~ Rev. Jeff Parker
Try this as a centering prayer, reading the words slowly and thoughtfully:
(inspired by Psalm 104:30)
All creatures look to You….
When you send Your Spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth. Psalm 104:27, 30
breath of the big bang,
idea of creation,
you who make spring come forth,
who make life out of nothing,
breathe yourself into me.
you are the flame,
I am your light. You are the nerve,
I am your muscle. You are the Word,
I am the story. You are the song,
I am the singing.
I am one with you
and one with all Creation. One Spirit,
one flesh, many forms. In your Spirit
I am we.
Holy One, live in me;
I am your body. I remember,
and I live.
~ written by Steve Garnaas-Holmes and posted on Unfolding Light.https://www.unfoldinglight.net/
A Prayer for Our Uncertain Times
May we who are merely inconvenienced
remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
remember those who must choose
between preserving their health and making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children
when their schools close remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money
in the tumult of the economic market
remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
And during this time when we may not be able
to physically wrap our arms around each other,
let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God
to our neighbors. Amen.
– written by Fr. Michael Graham, S.J. and posted on the Xavier University website. https://www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/online-resources/prayer-index/coronavirus-prayers
Be at peace in this knowledge: in the goodness of God you were born, in the providence of God you are kept all the day long, and in the mercy and forgiveness of God you are redeemed and made whole; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.