In the middle of one of my selfish woe-is-me rants about being cooped up during the pandemic, I ran across this beautiful prayer written by Cameron Wiggins Bellm, a Seattle mother of two, a Russian instructor, and a blogger with a great first name.
Prayer for a Pandemic
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 or 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 margins 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 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.
SERIES: Mozart in the Jungle
BOOK: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
ANOTHER QUOTE FOR THE DAY:
It would be foolish to disguise the gravity of the hour. It would be still more foolish to lose heart and courage. Winston Churchill
STATUS OF CYCLING FOR JUSTICE:
Happy to report that I have done 279 of the 846 bike climbs I pledged to do as part of my Cycling for Justice project to raise funds for the The Equal Justice Initiative. Thanks to generous donations, we have raised $7,295 since late June. Here’s the GoFundMe link if you’d like to join our growing list of donors.
May we go forward with resilience and a prayer of gratitude in our hearts, and with a mind focused on how we can work in the service of our fellow citizens of the world.