When we were in the darkest night
and wondered if our eyes would ever see the light,
You were there Lord.
To prepare yourself for stillness, and prayer, why not listen to this beautiful song, Be Peaceful, by Devon singer and song-writer, Paul Field.
For a full range of resources on ‘How to Pray’, do take a look at our Signposts for Spiritual Growth pages. We have also recommended a range of downloadable apps and other online worship ideas on our Prayer Resources page. The Church of England has produced some of its own prayers for use in church and on your own – these can be accessed here.
Revd Susanna Gunner, and others, have produced some beautiful reflections (each consisting of a painting, short reflection and prayer) to be used as a focus for prayer during the different church seasons.
There are also many resources on Facebook. Our own APR Facebook page is updated most days, and you might also find support, prayer and inspiration (including online retreats) on the CCC – Christ Covid Community page.
This is a lovely, and widely distributed ‘Prayer for a Pandemic‘ you might like to use.
But two of my current favourite prayers are printed below – this one is written by John Birch, and available (with a wealth of other beautiful prayers and litanies) on www.faithandworship.com
We are beginning to learn
that this is a fragile world
you’ve placed into our care.
But there are times, Lord,
when we are reminded
of our human frailty,
needing your loving care
through times of anxiety
and illness. Touch us, Lord,
with healing hands and words,
that we might walk together
through this temporary darkness
and into your glorious light.
And this one, which I think has Franciscan origins:
Ever present God,
be with us in our isolation,
be close to us in our distancing,
be healing in our sickness,
be joy in our sadness,
be light in out darkness,
be wisdom in our confusion,
be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar;
that when the doors reopen
may we with the zeal of Pentecost
inhabit out communities
and speak of your goodness
to an emerging world,
for Jesus’ sake. Amen.