Dear Lord Above,
We thank you this morning for being our Creator, a gracious Father who has given untold and undeserved gifts to each of us including the gift of life itself. We know that you are our hope and Salvation and that with your grace and love we can accomplish many great things, but without them we will always come up short. So, on this Sunday morning, we ask that you give us the strength to remain strong and resolute as we face an unknown immediate future for which panic has set in by those who have lost their logic and have, inadvertently or not, preyed on fear.
Lord, help us to quell those fears so that we can face the reality of the situation, whatever that may be, calmly and resolutely, with our hearts remaining open to you. We know that you are the answer to all of our problems and concerns, yet in our weak, mortal state we often fail to do so. We need you, Lord, and help all of mankind to realize that.
We pray for those who are sick, and especially those who are elderly and so susceptible, and we ask that you comfort them, no matter what the outcome will be. And help all to realize the precious nature of life at all ages and stages, for life should never be snuffed out prematurely whatever the age. All are deserving of help.
We ask you to infect the hearts of all of our leaders and guide them in making the right decisions on the things that must be done, for we know when you are at the heart of their thinking and planning, the best answers will prevail.
And we also pray for those who, though they might not be physically ill at this time, are worried since worry can be sometimes create an adverse impact to the human condition as great as the illness itself. Quell their fears with your love and grace.
Be with the researchers. Enter their hearts to help them find the answers that only you can provide and guide them in their work to develop equipment to help those who suffer and cures for what ails them.
Finally, Lord, help us to use this situation as a learning experience, an experience to teach us what causes such a disease to grow so far and so fast and to adjust our way of life to a way that doesn't nurture such problems. You've given us excellent brainpower and help us to use it going forward in the way that is most pleasing to you. In so doing, Lord, forgive us for those things that you find unpleasing and help us to always follow the Way, the Truth and the Life, for your Son showed us the perfect example to follow and give us continual awareness to follow that example.
We ask in the name of Our Lord and Savior, Amen.