Daily we are reminded of our need to
socially distance ourselves from each other.
This is, of course, the most prudent action to take
during this global pandemic.
We would be shortsighted and egomaniacal to think
that our perceived immunity to the effects of this virus
allows us to continue to live an unfettered lifestyle.

In this time, we are uniquely aware
that we are called to live beyond ourselves.
As human beings, we have been challenged and called
to live with the wellbeing of others in mind.
Others who perhaps we will never meet.
As Christians, we have been called to love beyond ourselves.
To love strangers and outcasts and those who are nothing like us.
People who may be unknown by us, but known by you, oh Lord.
And loved by you.
Each soul desired and loved by you.

Oh Lord, could we be those who live with prodigal love.
May family, friends and strangers look in our eyes
and there find love and understanding.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: 
just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Love and understanding.
In this time of isolation,
we are reminded all the more of our need to be loved and understood. There is transformational power in being understood; in being known. Indeed, in order for love to be transformational it must be received,
and as human beings, we receive most sincerely
when we feel understood. 
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully,
even as I have been fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Being fully known is only possible
by the One who is fully knowing and fully Love.
May we surrender more fully to the mystery of the One who knows us
and may we find deeper freedom to love and understand others.

Love, belonging and understanding are essential in a global pandemic, and if we are honest,
in all times and seasons.


Brian Miller
A Pandemic Prayer
Lent 2020

Brian Miller is a pastor,
professor (with a Masters degree in Christian thought), and collaborator.