Be present to all of those who are sick—family members, friends, and acquaintances.
Be with them as they rest and repair their bodies.
Be present to the family members and caregivers of the sick ones—give them stamina, patience, and wisdom as they tend to those they love.
Be present to the medical professionals who desire to meet the demand for medications, for full-health for their patients, and calm fearful caregivers. Give them stamina, good health, patience, wisdom, and a sense of humor as they care for a sick population.
Be present to the families whose loved ones have died due to the flu. Touch their sorrowing hearts as they grieve their loss.
Be present to those in power that they may make wise decisions about both health care and sick leave. Give them compassionate hearts toward those in need and not overly concerned about money.
Be present to the media and give them wisdom and prudence to not make a challenging situation worse by over-reporting. Let the media be of assistance to the community—local and national—rather than creating more fear.
Be present to each of us and enable us to be wise and prudent in how we care for others and for our own bodies. Help us to be gentle with one another. And remind us: “Come, you that are blessed by God, inherit the kingdom prepared for you …for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me,” Matt. 25: 34-36.
Thank you for listening to our prayers, today and always. Amen.