Blessings for Healthcare Workers and the Nation
Blessed are the ones who cannot be isolated.Adapted from ” A Blessing for Healthcare Workers in a Time of Pandemic”
Blessed are the doctors, nurses, chaplains, and hospital staff.
Blessed are the hands that are raw from scrubbing and sanitizing.
Blessed are the shoulders that carry the weight of life and death.
Blessed are the feet that are aching from standing at bedside and running between rooms.
Blessed are the hearts that are frightened and breaking.
Blessed are the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers, partners and friends who cannot go home.
Blessed are those who sacrifice their own comfort so that we need not be alone in our suffering.
Blessed are those who look upon this sacred work as gift.
Blessed are those who have had enough.
Blessed are those who are overwhelmed.
Blessed are those who lack the space to process all that lies ahead.
Blessed are those weeping in secret corners of an emergency room so that we might see a strong face to meet our need.
Blessed are those who weep openly with us, so that even our tears have companions.
Blessed are you, O God: quietly holding each one of us along the way.
from St Mary’s College in Indiana
God our Sanctuary, gather us when separated into your presence.
God our Physician, heal those who have contracted the virus.
God our Comforter, embrace all who mourn the dead.
God our Homeland, sustain all who are quarantined.
God our Friend, accompany all who are alone or afraid.
God our Guardian, protect physicians and nurses.
God our Hope, assist researchers searching for a vaccine.
God our Mighty Fortress, preserve our societies from devastation.
God our Governor, guide the leaders of nations toward wise policies.
God of Everlasting Arms, in you we live and move and have our being.
God our Creator, make once again a world of sabbath rest.
God our Savior, redeem the suffering world by your cross.
God our Light, shine your radiant peace into our darkness.
Adapted from “O God in our global distress”
by Gail Ramshaw
Submitted by Chaplain Brent Hoy-Bianchi