St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church - Naperville, IL

Prayer in the Midst of a Pandemic

May we who are merely inconvenienced

Remember those whose lives are at stake.

(Doctors and nurses and first responders)

May we who have no risk factors

Remember those most vulnerable.

(Residents of nursing homes)

May we who have the luxury of working from home

Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

(Meat packing plant employees)

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close

Remember those who have no options.

(Low income single parents and no day care possibilities)

May we who have to cancel our trips

Remember those that have no place to go.

(The homeless living in their cars)

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market

Remember those who have no margin at all.

(Families living from paycheck to paycheck, now with no paycheck)

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home

Remember those who have no home.

(The homeless living on the streets)

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,

Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

Amen.

Author: Cameron Belin