Last week, I was at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, for student workshops on making discerned choices about the future. It was, as always, delightful to be there, but by then we knew that enormous changes were looming for all schools, due to the coronavirus. As our nation and world face the unique challenges of this time, here’s a meditative Prayer for a Pandemic written by Cameron Bellm, a Seattle mom of 2 young boys:

May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home, remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.