By Kerry Weber
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every
disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to
our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that
we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they
worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical
professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put
themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act
with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are
meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions
that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know
your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering
from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure
and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your
Jesus Christ, heal us.
(Kerry Weber is an executive editor of America.)