Prayer from the Heart in the Time of COVID-19

person in white blouse with one hand on heart and one hand open in front

We hold in our hearts all who are serving our community to keep us safe, many at risk to their own lives:

those who keep the electricity on and the water flowing

those who provide food for our tables and healthcare for the sick

those who clean and pick up the trash

those working in manufacturing and transportation

those who help to keep the peace and to put out literal and figurative fires

those who provide emotional and spiritual support

those who are developing vaccines and treatments

and those caring for children and elders.


We also hold in our hearts all for whom these times are particularly challenging:

those for whom sheltering at home is a danger 

those who do not have a home

those who cannot go home

those who cannot visit with loved ones

those suffering from debilitating mental illness

those who have lost their sense of purpose

and those who are hungry.

In Parashat Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:34), we are commanded to love the stranger as ourselves, to remember that we were strangers in the land of Egypt. Even as we shelter at home, may our love and acts of justice extend far beyond our households to support those in need of sustenance, protection, and healing.  

May a Sukkat Shalom—a Shelter of Peace—spread over all of humanity. And we say, Amen.

(Written May 1, 2020)