Loving and caring God,
We have done everything we’ve been told:
Worn masks, stayed home, gotten our shots―
Isn’t it about time all this is over?
Let us remember always that no, it’s not over;
It’s not over for people in so many places we never think about:
People whose lives were already a struggle
Now overflowing with illness and loss and grief,
And often with no masks, no shots, no way to stay safe at home.
Remind us, God of the whole world,
That the whole world is our family.
That this won’t be all over until it is over for all.
And let us do all we can
To give our whole-world family what we take for granted:
Hope for a future.