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A Prayer for Anxious Hearts

The stress of uncertainty, the struggle with isolation, and the worry that comes with a foe that cannot be seen; all this and more weighs down the hearts of so many during this time of social distancing and isolating experience. God meets us where we are in our worry, our doubt, and our anxieties. During troubled times, God supports us, and catches us when we don’t have the ability to catch ourselves. So today, we pray for all those with  anxious hearts. 

Psalm 94:18-19

When I said, “My foot is slipping,”

    your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.

When anxiety was great within me,

    your consolation brought me joy.

Let us pray, 

Dear God, today we lift up all whose hearts are anxious and whose minds are filled with an entanglement of emotions. Many are finding that the disruption in routine, lack of physical interaction and intimacy that comes with friendship, and uncertainty of the future are heavy burdens to bear. You created us to be in community with one another and the shape that community has transformed into is unfamiliar to your children. But God, you are always there to catch us when our feet slip and to support us with your unfailing love. When our anxiety is great within us, you bring us comfort and joy. Even when we look to you with questioning, angry or hurting faces, you speak kindness to us in the stillness of our worry. Uplift the faces that are downcast, o God. Unburden the hearts of your weary children and give them peace. All this we pray in your most holy name. Amen. 

Sarah Swindall, Pastoral Intern