It’s a litany of its own: runny noses, tiredness, fever, and coughing.
Here we are – not yet spring but not fully finished with winter.
The birds are chirping, the grass is growing, and so are the germs.
Be with us in our homes as we comfort the sick.
Be with us in our homes as we offer relief from viruses and infections.
When we feel alone and unsure, give us confidence.
When we wonder if we’re doing enough, remind us that our love is the balm we have to offer.
When we can’t sleep for worry, give us rest.
We pray for gentle hands to surround the tired.
We ask for calm spirits.
We yearn for patience.
We seek moments of rest.
We give thanks for doctors and nurses and listening ears.
We praise the wonder of the body to heal.
We marvel at modern medicine providing relief.
We shout for joy at the first glimpse of fevers breaking.
We offer gratitude for increased energy and appetites.
We give thanks for caring family and friends, a text message or phone call, a homemade meal delivered, and flowers and cards.
In the midst of our caring and praying, take our offerings of healing and multiply them.
And in the quiet of the night as we rock our little ones and say a prayer, may we know, too, that you hold and embrace us.
Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her website: http://kimberlyknowlezeller.com or follow her work on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyKnowleZeller/