Pandemic Prayer

Spirit of Hope, can you hear us calling?
This is our pandemic prayer.
You see the virus, and chart its path.
You are with the sick and with those who die,
you are with the caregivers taking such great precautions;
you know our fears of the unseen.
We need your help to keep the virus at bay!
Help us stay vigilant, as we wash our hands
for the thousandth time, as we again mask up
and make choices not to mingle.
Guide our leaders to make good decisions
for public health and the common good.
Protect our children, and help them grow and learn,
even in these unusual circumstances.
Be with our seniors, and help us reach out,
with actions and loving words that show we care.
Our communities can grow and flourish, even in times like these.
We trust that we can emerge from this pandemic
with a strong commitment to care for the vulnerable,
and a desire for justice for the disadvantaged.
Give us a sense of humour in hard times,
and hope for the days ahead.
Most of all, God, we ask for a vaccine.
A vaccine soon, a vaccine for everyone, a vaccine that works.
Hear our prayer, and let it be so!

New Book Coming Soon!

Carol Penner has written a devotional book for Lent that explores the challenges of repentance and forgiveness. Forty reflections and prayers to deepen your walk with God as you prepare for Easter.  

You can order it here!

About Carol Penner

I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

I love to write and to lead worship! If you are finding my writing helpful, I would love to hear from you! Feel free to use or adapt the material here, it is all written by me. If printing material, please credit “Copyright Carol Penner” (and say whether you modified it). If publishing, please contact me for permission. Contact me at

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