Prayers during a Pandemic: For people experiencing homelessness

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 who do not have adequate permanent homes.

Today we remember those who are homeless, who live in camps, who live in motels, who live in homeless shelters, who live in unsafe housing, or who live in unstable conditions. We especially pray for the 1.4 million school children in the US who are homeless as well as all children birth to 5 who are without a stable and safe home of their own.

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 all those who support them, including shelter workers, social workers, and advocates for people living without homes.

We pray for those who lack access to shelter, food, water, sanitary showers and toilets, and other basic human rights. We pray that their material needs would be met and that all forms of injustice that keep them oppressed fall. We pray for the resources to provide and the courage to demand care for our most vulnerable. We seek to always rebuke systems of oppression that prevent every person from resting in safety, no matter the personal risk of doing so, and pray for their eternal dismantling.

Our hope for people without safe and stable housing of their own is that all would have the care and the community they need and that all those who seek shelter would find it. We hope for them warmth, good rest, an opportunity to retreat, and safety.

We stand in solidarity with those who lack safe, stable housing, and we are thankful for their presence among us.

A painting shows two children sleeping.

Above, Albert Anker’s 1895 Two Sleeping Girls on the Stove. Every person deserves a safe, warm, stable place to rest whenever they need it, without worry of eviction and without regard to money.

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