Everyone is talking about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, but even without it in Connecticut (as far as we know), our rates have been rising precipitously in the past few weeks. I’m anticipating worsening COVID conditions as the post-Thanksgiving infections hit and continue to spread throughout the winter holidays.
That means we’ll need to keep wearing our masks for at least a little while longer, so I thought I’d share this prayer. I found it on Facebook in 2020, and it’s a prayer to say when you’re putting on a mask. It’s written by the Rev. Richard Bott, Moderator, Presbyterian Church of Canada.
Maybe you’ll read this aloud next time you put on your mask to go into work, or the grocery store, or school:
Creator God, as I prepare to go into the world, help me to see the sacramental nature of wearing this cloth. Let it be a tangible and visible way of living love for my neighbors, as I love myself.
Christ Jesus, since my lips will be covered, uncover my heart, that people would see my smiles in the crinkles around my eyes. Since my voice may be muffled, help me to speak clearly, not only with my words, but with my actions.
Holy Spirit, as the elastic touches my ears, remind me to listen carefully and caringly to all those I meet. May this simple piece of cloth be shield and banner, and may each breath that it holds be filled with Your love. In Your name and in that love, I pray. Amen.