There is no doubt that we are currently living in unprecedented times. With all of the uncertainty, it can be hard to see where God and his plan fits in with the COVID-19 outbreak.
We have complied a few poems, inspirational quotes, reflections and prayers that perfectly encapsulate the emotions many of us are feeling during this time. While reading them, take some quiet time to reflect on the words and what they mean to you.
Dear Heroes of the front lines, indeed.
Offering your service to those in need.
In you a weariness that begs for relief.
From the agony of such incredible grief.
Dear Front line Heroes behind the mask
Committed to such a heart wrenching task
Relentlessly you work to serve
With hope to see that declining curve.
Tears of sorrow fill your eyes
For some may live and many will die
So afraid of what cannot be seen
And well beyond a horrific dream
Like soldiers, you have held your ground
Believing a cure would soon be found
Front line heroes, brave to the last
Keep faith in your Lord for this too will pass.
Retreat not from hope, do not despair
For surely God is always near
Know that all things are in His plan
We may not always understand.
And if Angels resided on earth, abound
As you, on the front line they would be found
Dear Front liners, know this to be true
Gods’ Mercy is present in all that you do.
(O. Abdul Alim)
A Prayer for COVID-19
Lord, we pray for all who suffer from the coronavirus.
May those who are infected receive the proper treatment
and the comfort of your healing presence.
May our caregivers, families and neighbors be shielded
from the onslaught of the virus.
Give solace to those who grieve the loss of loved ones.
Protect and guide those who strive to find a cure,
that our work may conquer the disease and restore communities to wholeness and health.
The light of God surrounds us,
the love of God enfolds us,
the power of God protects us,
the presence of God watches over us.
Wherever we are, God is. And where
God is, all will be well, and all manner of things shall be well.
(Father Joseph P. Cardone, Bon Secours Mercy Health Chief Mission Officer)
A Daily Meditation During COVID-19
Take a moment to settle. Take a deep breath. Get comfortable. Like a rock settling on the bottom of a lake after it’s thrown in, let yourself settle.
- Acknowledge how you are feeling in this moment. If being calm is hard, acknowledge it. If you find yourself frustrated or stressed, acknowledge it. God wants to be present in all parts of our lives—not just the easy or serene moments.
- Ask for light and insight as you prepare to review your day. For some that light may come in the form of a sense of the Divine. For others it’s from a deep sense of your true self.
- Take a moment to think about how COVID-19 has impacted your life. Even as we are being asked to distance ourselves from one another socially, ask yourself what connections you find yourself grateful for? Who makes you feel grounded and connected to God?
- Public health issues have a way of making us recognize how interwoven our lives are with others in society. It can help us realize who we may often choose not to see or connect with. Is there a person or group of people especially affected by COVID-19 that you don’t often choose to see or connect with normally? What connections to others are you becoming more aware of? Who do you normally choose to reach out and connect to? Who do you avoid or refuse to see? If you can, picture the faces of these people. What connections do you take for granted in your life? What connections impact you the most?
- Note the emotions you feel when you think of these individuals without judging or overanalyzing. Simply acknowledge them, pay attention, and listen to where God may be speaking.
- As you think of the ways we are connected or disconnected to one another, pick a connection (or lack thereof) that seems important, significant, or is manifesting itself the strongest. Pause and reflect on where you’re being invited to grow from that moment. If you are a person of faith, take a moment to pray with it.
- God gifted us with limitless creativity and imagination. Even in this time of separation and possible isolation, what is one way you can maintain meaningful connection to others—whether directly, through technology, or intentional focus and attention?
Take a deep breath and moment of quiet. When you are ready, return to your day.
(Susan Haarman, Loyola University Chicago)
“Where is God in COVID-19?”
Where is God in COVID-19?
In the warm smile of an old friend seen virtually, gone and now reunited.
In the tear of a family member who lost a loved one… perhaps their only one.
In the hands of a nurse who left the safety of their home to care for a stranger.
In the resilience of a food store clerk who understands the necessity of food.
In the care of a doctor who lives a ministry of hope.
In the words of sacred scripture proclaimed in faith, at a bedside, for the last time.
In the Parent who is fearful at the uncertainty of their child’s future.
In the pain of a Homeless Shelter and the people who show us the meaning of trusting in providence.
In the hearts of the people of Ireland who stood on their porches on Easter to clap for a minute in support of all healthcare workers worldwide.
In the fear of an isolated nursing home resident.
In the brokenhearted, lonely, furloughed, poor and marginalized.
In the songs of the birds which herald each new day, and in the majestic purple primrose peeking from the soil.
God is most certainly here. A God who journeys, heals, and loves us dearly.
(Alex Garvey, PhD, Senior VP of Mission in Greenville, SC)
Bible Verse and Reflection
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18a)
How could I fear my days once I realize the one who holds those days is a God who loves me?
How can I show that love to others today, to help drive out someone else’s fear?
(Alex Garvey, PhD, Senior VP of Mission in Greenville, SC)
A Prayer for Our Doctors
May the wellspring of compassion be opened to you.
May the soothing words find a home in you.
May tenderness bless you as you reach out for comfort in body, mind and spirit.
In the midst of fear or frustration, may courage be given you.
May patience keep a vigil with you and peace of mind call you.
May your heart find a song to sing even when you are weary.
May abundant love lift you and gratitude bless you as you live the mission of care entrusted to you.
(From the staff of the Ministry of the Arts, and the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph)
Pope Francis Prayer to Mary during the COVID-19 Pandemic
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
We would love to hear any other messages of hope you have been using to cope during this time. Please comment below and share them with us.
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