COVID-19 Prayer – Steve Francis, Australia

Gracious and loving God, the Psalmist reminds us that, ‘You are our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble’.
God, we feel deeply that our world is in trouble with the spread of the coronavirus.
There is a heightened sense of fear and anxiety about the future.
We ask that we may calmly and lovingly trust in you and care for all who are affected by this pandemic. Please bless the work of health professionals, government officials, aged care providers, school and community leaders. Grant them strength and wisdom.
We pray for all who feel stressed and worried, that they might find peace and reassurance. Free us from panic and selfish stockpiling.
We pray for all those who mourn the loss of loved ones to the virus, that they will find comfort and support.
May all our congregations and faith communities be places of empathy, compassion and calm in all we face.

Revd Steve Francis is Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia.  Click here to link to the UCA website page sharing this prayer.