Spirit God, thank you for the breath of life that still exists in this cloudy season of this predatory pandemic.
All over the world, your people tremble with fear, despair and angst. Spirit God, hold us through this shadow of death and lead us to the pastures of resilience and the still waters of your loving mercy and healing grace. We petition you Spirit God, not only for ourselves and our loved ones, but ask that you especially and tenderly touch our sisters and brothers who are locked up and turned out without the resources or power to heed the demands of this season of suffering. Spirit God, forgive us for our lack of faith in you as provider and sustainer.
Touch our hearts in the place of greed that makes us gobble up everything for ourselves. Replace it with compassion and generosity. Where there is selfishness that moves us to indulge in risky and unsafe behavior that threatens the safety and lives of others, fill us up with caring and concern for ourselves and others.
Spirit God, there is hysteria everywhere in this land. We ask that you soothe our spirits and endow us with a pragmatic peace that makes us calm but not reckless.
Even as we petition you, we praise you for your generosity of possibility that gives us the agency to “make a way out of what seems like no way.”
Spirit God, in your mercy “listen to your lambs who are crying” out from the whelps of systemic indifference and the brazen idolatry of men who believe that they possess the life giving power of God. Their blows are relentless and debilitating especially in this season of sorrow and desolation. We humbly ask you to let them know that you are Spirit God. Without presuming to tell you how to do your work, we humbly ask you to send a deep wind that unsettles hearts that either change them or make them move on and out of our lives. Spirit God, we recognize that even as we ask you to temper our greed, our petition is long with requests. Since you know our hearts, you know that our petition is not motivated by greed.
In your mercy, hear our prayer.