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 pray for people experiencing loneliness.
Today we pray for people who feel alone. We pray for all those who live in isolation, for those who feel lonely even if they live with others, and for those who fear loneliness.
We pray for those we don’t know and for those we do, including [names of people we know struggling with loneliness.]
We pray for those who miss friends, family, neighbors, and community members. We pray for those who are or feel unseen. We pray for those who are in regular contact with others but feel misunderstood, ignored, or unimportant. We pray for those who, because of physical distancing, are unable to have their regular needs for face-to-face socialization met.
Our hope for all is kind relationships; deep, meaningful, challenging, and lasting friendships as well as friendships that are light and easy. Our hope is gentle, encouraging interactions with every stranger and neighbor. Our hope is that we remember that our words and tones carry weight in the lives of others. May we remember to be responsible for each interaction we have with others, that we treat each opportunity to be with others as sacred.
We are thankful for each person, known and unknown.
Above, Melancholy (1801) by Constance Marie Charpentier shows a women in a dress, a long scarf wrapped around her waist, sitting near a weeping willow tree.