Prayer for a Pandemic
by Cameron Belim

Jesuit Magazine Spring 2020

May we who are merely inconvenienced 
Remember those whose lives are at stake. 
May we who have no risk factors 
Remember those most vulnerable. 
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose 
between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children
when their schools close 
Remember those who have no options. 
May we who have to cancel our trips 
Remember those that have no safe place to go. 
May we who are losing our margin money 
in the tumult of the economic market 
Remember those who have no margin at all. 
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home. 
As fear grips our country, let us choose love. 
During this time when we cannot physically 
wrap our arms around each other, 
Let us yet find ways to be 
the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.