Hard Times


Some prayers and suggested readings that we can share.

PLEASE NOTE: This could turn into a compilation of prayers and readings that we have found helpful and comforting.. Feel free to add your own suggestions. If you want to do it through me, Maria, please do. Or if you want to cut out the middle woman, send your prayers to the webmaster, Shelley and ask her to add them to the BIG PRAYER FOR HARD TIMES page.

 Psalm 142 – David cries in despair

I call to the Lord for help

I plead with him

I bring him all my complaints

I tell him all my troubles.

When I am ready to give up, he knows what I should do.

Lord, I cry for your help; you alone are my Protector….

 

Just the first verses here. Keep reading, it is worth it!

Loving Lord, we know that we have a refuge in you. Help us to make this truth so deep in us that we can share it by whatever means we can to the people in our world. Help us never to stop praying, never to top serving.

Lord, you are our hope and salvation.

Amen

 

 

Prayer for the coronavirus crisis

Eternal God, Rock of our lives, we turn to you in the midst of this coronavirus crisis, seeking refuge and a foothold- and also encouragement as we try to find our own courage.

As social distancing prevents us from experiencing the joys of life in community, may the need to withdraw and stay well be accompanied by the urge to reach out to others with compassion and care to forge and renew connections even in the absence of physical contact

Recalling the trials of those who went before us and their endurance and survival, may we find the strength to endure even in the face of pain and loss, and the insight to know that this challenging time will pass.

As the natural world renews itself, may we be inspired by the wonders and marvels of the Earth to discover through this crisis pathways to renewal and new hope.

And let us say: Amen

Rabbi Elli Tikvash Sarah - Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue


Heavenly Father

We kneel before You and ask you to open our hearts with compassion and love

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 paying their rent

May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we who settle for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home

As fear grips the country, let us choose Love, your Love, Lord

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 neighbours.

AMEN

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What about…

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult

The Lord of hosts is with us

The Lord of Jacob is our refuge

… READ IT THROUGH, IT’S WORTH IT!

Loving  Lord, another day of uncertainty and fear, but only if we chose to make it so. Thank you that you are walking the rocky road with us; help us to hold on  to you and through the strength you give us to be ready and able to see the chances you are still giving us to love and serve  all your people. In Jesus’ name. Amen


LOCKDOWN

 ( An extract from a reflection by Brother Richard Hendrick, a Franciscan Brother from Ireland. Full version can be found online)

Yes there is fear.

Yes , there is isolation. Yes, there is panic buying. Yes, there is sickness. Yes, there is death. But they say that in Wuhan after so many weeks of noise you can hear the birds again. They say that after a few weeks of quiet the sky is no longer thick with fumes but blue and grey and clear…

…All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting. All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way. All over the world people are waking up to a new reality. To how big we really are. To how little control we have. To what really MATTERS. To love.

So we pray and we remember that Yes, there is fear. But there does not have to be hate. Yes, there is isolation. But there does not have to be loneliness. Yes there is panic buying. But there does not have to be meanness. Yes, there is sickness. But there does not have to be disease of the soul. Yes, there is death. But there can always be a rebirth of love. Wake up to the chances you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe. Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic. The birds are singing again. The sky is clearing. Spring is coming. An we are always encompassed by LOVE. Open the windows of your soul and though you may not be able to touch across the empty square…

SING