Here is my pastoral prayer from worship today:
God of all creation,
In the beginning, your spirit hovered over the face of the waters. There has not been a time when you have abandoned us.
As we sit here now, the Bible stories we learned as children about great floods have gained new meaning in our lives. We are reminded that, throughout history, you have been faithful to bring your people through floods and across deep rivers.
As we sit here in the safety of this sanctuary, in this dry place, we are reminded of the countless people who are now without shelter of their own. Rain down your comfort and peace on those in need. In the months that come, bring healing to the brokenhearted.
We pray that you will bring out the best of humanity, O Lord, through this crisis. May the hearts of all be softened as we look beyond all the trivial issues which have divided us, and reach for ways to care for one another with your great love. Let the softening of hearts begin within us right now.
When we are faced with storms in our own life, whether it be literal storms or the pains of illness, grief, depression, hurt or loneliness, remind us of your faithfulness. You promise that when we pass through the deep waters, you will be with us. Forgive us when we neglect to depend on you.
We praise you that, from the beginning, you have been the source of living water for us. With hope from you we can dance in the storms.
As your people, lead us to acts of mercy and compassion. Help us to make justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Well up within us, O Water of Life.
In the name of Christ we pray, Amen.