|Find the Blessing in Today.|
This is definitely a VERY UNCONVENTIONAL Easter for most, regardless of one's faith or absence of.
While it's quite weird to be in the position we are in as a nation, I still fully believe we should be acknowledging every blessing we can think of and see today.
While you might obviously not be able to celebrate this day as you normally would, I would hope you'd still try to make it a together-day with those you love.
Whether by having a formal dinner with those that you live with and/or videoing those you love which you're unable to see in person until this is all over. Maybe you could even schedule your video and eat dinner at the same time, allowing you all to have conversations at 'your virtual dinner tables' at the same time.
I know there are plenty of reasons to feel angry, disappointed, and negative in general.
Please allow me to say a prayer for you and your family this Easter, and if you would please also take a moment to count your blessings:
Today, please tell someone you love that you are blessed to have them in your life.If you have a roof over your head, you are blessed. If you are sitting at a table, you are blessed. If there is food on that table, you are blessed. If you have people at your table with you, you and they are both blessed. If you can see this and read this, you are blessed.
Hang in there, the best you can, and know that at some point (even though we don't know when yet) this too shall pass...
Dear Lord, Please bless and comfort all who are reading this, and their families. Please allow them peace today. Please make today at least the one day they are free from extreme worry and anxiety. Please help them connect with their loved ones today. Please give them wisdom and patience with themselves and their families. I thank you for all you have given us and the ways we are learning in the face of this pandemic. Lord, I ask that you would continue to be a source of comfort to those who seek you. Please continue to be there with our health care workers, first responders, our military and our leaders. Please provide wisdom, mental and physical strength to all who are serving us (we, who are at home and not on the front lines). Support and help those folks showing up for work daily, whether they are in hospitals, in the stores, restaurants, transportation, or in call centers all over the world attempting to keep strong and healthy ALL while still battling the same worries we have at this time. Please be with those who are infected with this virus and those who have lost loved ones because of it. Please help them heal. I thank you for the roof over my family's head, the jobs and/or resources that are there to help us provide what we can...we are thankful for the food on our table and the health that we currently have. I ask that you continue to provide that for us and others. I pray this in your name, Amen.Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen. -Matt 6:9-13