Stood in line to weigh-in at Weight Watchers yesterday, head bowed, hands folded. The woman behind me whispered, “Are you praying?”
“Nope, too late for that.”
We both laughed, then she added, “I guess it wouldn’t hurt any of us to pray.”
These are strange times, full of jitters, conflicting messages and treasure hunting for Purell or anything that delivers as Purell promises to “kill more than 99.99% of the most common germs.” There’s the rub, COVID-19 isn’t your usual bug, which is why we shouldn’t act as if it’s just another strain of the common flu. We need to listen to the EXPERTS, as in Public Health officials ,who tell us to wash our hands, cellphones, avoid large gatherings, for example.
When last I wrote, I suggested Lent as a listening time. Since this global pandemic falls during Lent, consider some ways we might make use of these sacred days.
Pray for a hurting world.
Pray for leadership at NIH, CDC, researchers in labs and healthcare providers.
Pray for our government from local to national and for governments around the world battling this pandemic.
Pray for small businesses and hourly wage earners without health care benefits or sick day provisions.
Self-quarantine from our hyper-activity and do some spring-cleaning for our winter-weary souls.
When weary of bad news, head for the Good News:
“Trust in the Lord and do good.” (Psalm 7: 3 NIV)
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (II Timothy 1:7 NLT)
Instead of wringing our hands, lets wash and pray.
“Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.” from the Letters of E.B.White
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