Prayers during a Pandemic: For People in Care Facilities and Their Loved Ones

Our family is taking time daily to pray about the current global health crisis. Our prayers will likely reference the Christian tradition, but we’ve written with an ecumenical and agnostic audience in mind.

If you’d like us to pray for you, let us know. If you’d like us to write a prayer for you or for a concern you have and share it here, just ask. You don’t have to share your name if you don’t want to, and we won’t share it or any other identifying details about you here or elsewhere.

Today, we are focusing our prayer on people living in care facilities.

Today we remember those who live in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, dementia care homes, therapeutic boarding schools, and group and independent living homes. We think of those who are acutely ill as well as those who live with chronic illness, disabilities, mental illness, and cognitive impairments as well as those who care for them and the homes where they live.

We pray for those we don’t know, and we pray for those we do know, including [insert the names of friends, family, neighbors, and others who live or work in care facilities]. We pray for their families and others who support them, that they will have peace of heart about the care of their loved ones.

 We pray for those living in such places who yearn to see familiar faces, that memories may comfort them, and we pray for those who cannot visit their loved ones who are residents, that their memories may comfort them. We pray for those preparing for death; we hope for them peace. We pray  for those preparing for the passing of their loved ones, and we grieve with those unable to see their beloved family members and friends before their deaths. We hope for them consolation.

We are grateful for the lives of those who live in care facilities and for the care of those who care for them.

Lovis Corinth's His Father on his Sickbed: a young woman sits at the bedside of an ailing man.Above, The Artist’s Father in His Sickbed, by Lovis Corinth, 1888. His nurse–also his daughter–stays by his bedside. There is hope in the scene–a yellow bottle of medicine next to a small vase of red flowers. Most of all, I see hope in her knitting. The flowers indicate that it is spring or summer, but we knit for fall and winter–socks or scarves or shawl. Her knitting is an act of looking forward to a time past the illness.


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