The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster
In our ancient sacred stories, O God,
Hagar calls you El Roi—the one who sees.
Facing impossibility and uncertainty, you spotted her distress.
In the wilderness, you saw a way through.
Do the same today, O God.
See us. See our health care workers.
See the inhospitable crush of COVID’s toll.
See the worry, the exhaustion.
See the surge.
See the wildfire sickness, leaving medical staff scrambling,
equipped with skills but needing more time, more space, more help.
Forge a way through.
Put your peace and presence on their path.
Be for them, a safe passage through clouded hardship.
Make way for healing, for the stirring sense that transformation is possible.
Be O God. Draw near. Amen.
The current surge moves us to pray for the workers who are taking care of the physical and mental health of their patients, often to the detriment of their own health.
We are reminded of November’s Adult Education called “Moral Injury” with Mark “Chaps” Schimmelpfennig, chaplain at Rush University Medical Center, available to watch on our YouTube channel. Chaps was recently featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal for using his experience with military veterans to help support traumatized healthcare workers.