Tomorrow, March 11 marks the one-year anniversary since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic.
How will you reflectively and prayerfully mark this significant date? Will you light a candle? Observe a few minutes of silence?
Just as celebration is so vital for our wellbeing, so too is lament, reflection, and prayer.
Sarah Bessey offers a prayer as we mark one-year of pandemic:
God, you hold our memories of this past year in your capable hands.
I imagine you’re weaving the moments that have shaped us into what will be a beautiful quilt, bringing all of the collective grief and the individual sorrow, the small delights and ordinary goodnesses, the moments we were afraid and angry alongside the moments when we felt joy and contentment, all stitched together with your grace for it all.
Wrap us up in the warmth of your love, knowing we are held, beloved, worthy just as we are in this moment.
We have been living in an apocalypse, Jesus, a true unveiling: help us to see clearly ever after this.
Help us to name and remember what we have lost, what we have gained, and where we saw you at work in this broken and beloved world. Help us to be gentle with ourselves and with each other, we’re still not done yet.
Help us to see the world more clearly and to love each other more particularly.
May we rest in that imaginary quilt of the totality of this year, be held by your grace,
your love, your faithfulness, and your tenderness with us.
May we always find you in the small ordinary things of our lives.
May we always see the world as it is now and always, and love it all the more for the very things that break our hearts.
And because I am who I am and I just can’t help it, Jesus, would you give us unexpected hope today?
May we be surprised with a moment of joy, a good meal, a deep breath, a bit of beauty.
May our roots go down deep into your marvellous Love. May we bear fruit even in times of famine.
May we be small outposts of truth and love together.
May we read good books, be gentle with our wounds, text a friend, or simply go for a walk with You.
May we know you in the silence, in the exhaustion and anger, in the grief and joy,
and in our humanity which you blessed and called good. And we ask for an end to the suffering
and for your justice to roll down, your healing to mend us, your love to hold us all even when we are in peace.
We love you. Amen.