A Call to Prayer - March 23, 2020

Author: The Rev. Elizabeth McCord

Published Date: 3/23/2020

Categories: Social Spiritual Life


In difficult and uncertain times, many of us find courage by leaning into our faith. Each week, I’ll invite any of you who wish to join me in spiritual reflection. I’ll provide a written prayer, but I hope each of you will use the words, rituals or practices most meaningful and authentic for you. Please contact me if you’d like to share specific prayer requests or just check in at chaplain@carrollu.edu. You and your loved ones are in my prayers every day.

This Week's Prayer

Elizabeth McCord
The Rev. Elizabeth McCord

Prayer inspired by Luke 8:22-25 from the Christian Scriptures.

God-with-us,
The waters rise. The wind blows. The thunder threatens.
       We cannot stop this storm.
We cling to our boats, worried whether our vessels will stay afloat.
We tie down our sails, take shelter, brace for the tumult.
        Still we are afraid.

Wake from your slumber, Faithful One.
Command the waves of infection to recede,
        the raging winds of risk to quiet,
        the chaos of this crisis to calm.

Still us, O God.
Reassure us with your gentle voice
        and give us courage by your constant presence.
Make our bodies strong and our hearts stronger yet,
        that we may face what comes
        with vigilance and mercy, fortitude and compassion.

And remain by our side, holding us fast as one human family,
        that we never find ourselves alone
        or lost at sea.

We pray with trust in your steadfast love. Amen.

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