From the Upper Room
In today’s reading (2 kings 5:1-14), Naaman went to Elisha hoping to be healed of leprosy. Naaman was disappointed when Elisha conveyed a message through his servant to wash seven times in the river in order to be healed. The instructions sounded like a joke. But Naaman’s servants reminded him that he would have been willing to follow complicated instructions and questioned why he wouldn’t perform the simple task requested of him. After following Elisha’s orders, Naaman came out of the water of the Jordan rejoicing and healed.

As a widow who is well acquainted with the “disease” of loneliness, I know how quickly its episodes can turn feverish. My mind can be overcome with longing for someone or something to make me feel less lonesome. The story of Naaman reminds me that the remedy for loneliness is not found by seeking noteworthy objects or accomplishing grand tasks. My loneliness can be cured by simply drenching myself in God’s river of grace.

I have found that the best way to “drench” myself is to consistently pray Psalm 51:10. This practice brings me out of my loneliness joyful — dripping with grace and restored in mind and spirit.

Prayer: Healer of our souls, teach us to soak ourselves in your grace during our times of need. Renew a steadfast spirit within us. Amen.

Virginia Jelinek (Texas, USA)
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Remember, O Lord, what you have wrought in us and not what we deserve, and as you have called us to your service, make us worthy of our calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Leonine Sacramentary (6th century)

Prayer of the Day
Thank You, Father, that in Your wisdom You do not renew and restore the old fallen sin-nature in Adam, but You give us a new nature, a new, born-again life, received through faith in Christ. Thank You for the lessons we can learn from biblical saints like David, who was cleansed of his sin, when he confessed his faults and cried out to You. Thank You for the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit, and we pray that You would point out all the areas in our lives that grieve You or quench Your ongoing work within. Create in us a clean heart we pray, and renew a steadfast spirit within us, and may Christ be seen in us as we submit to Your Spirit's leading and do only those things we hear from Him. In Christ's name we pray...

For those who are ill: For Charlie Cassidy, who had surgery. For Joan Whearty who will be having hip replacement surgery.

We ask that You keep the coronavirus and its new strains from continuing to spread.

As more people get sick, healthcare workers and first responders are working longer hours with fewer supplies and with more risk of contracting the new coronavirus themselves. Renew their energy and sustain them on long shifts. Bring Your protection upon them as they work with patients.

For our friends working the Covid19 front lines: Alayne Snyder, Drs. Johnny and Riny Kovoor. and Erik Lindholm.

Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of illness. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses.

Give government officials the ability to safely handle people arriving from other countries.

Help people decide to stay home instead of traveling or going out needlessly.

Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them. 

Be with people making decisions that affect the lives and futures of our families, communities, countries, and the wider world.

Holy Spirit, as families adjust to everyone being home we ask that You guide people in their new realities. Give spouses grace for each other. Prompt worn-out parents to speak words of kindness and encouragement to their children.

Give peace to people feeling financial strain during these times of uncertainty, bring them comfort and peace, reminding them that You are there for them. Provide for them in their times of need.

We pray through Jesus Christ, Amen.
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