ailing, alone, Coronavirus, COVID-19, dying, isolation, Prayers, Quarantine, sick
We know that your presence fills each space and time in our universe.
When we cannot enter a space,
You are present.
When our loved ones are on the brink of Sheol, the roughest of spaces,
You are present.
So many who are on our hearts are in hospitals and care facilities.
The doors are locked to the outside world,
And loved ones are barred from entering.
Their bodies ache and may be failing them,
And what they want most-
To be surrounded by the ones they love-
Is a privilege denied.
So many are about to go on ventilators,
And all they want to do is share love with their dear ones-
A small consolation that is near impossible.
We ask that they find bedside friend through you, Holy Attendant.
May final breaths be filled with memories of loved-filled times.
May moments of healing be invigorated by hope seen in small moments
And friendly strangers.
And for the loved ones outside of doors
Whose deep desires are to be at bedsides
Instead of in silent homes-
May they find peace through you God.
May they find ways to share their love
Before the end arrives.
May your Divine Comfort give all who ail and all who love them
The strength they need.
If death nears,
May they find all of the peace they need from you, God.
We thank you for all of the caregivers in hospital rooms and care facilities
Who can give the ailing a little bit of comfort.
May hearts that are shattered find the healing they need through you.
And may we realize that none of us are every fully alone.
Amen, thank you for this prayer which is side-by-side with those who grieve and must delay the service that will give comfort and closure.