Praying With The Pastor: Epidemic

A map displaying where the coronavirus has currently spread (The Washington Post, 02/16/2020)

“Chinese health officials say the new strain of coronavirus came from wild animals sold at a market in Wuhan, a city of 11 million and the capital of Hubai province in central China. The pneumonia-like illness has spread rapidly since appearing in late December, and the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency.” – The Washington Post, 02/16/2020

“Scientists racing to find a vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus are hoping a cutting-edge approach called “rapid response platforms” will quickly yield a breakthrough.” – The Wall Street Journal, 02/13/2020

Dear Friends,

Please pray with me this week for all those suffering from the coronavirus outbreak. Children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable to infection, but many more are at risk. Pray with me for those who have already been infected, those who are ministering healing to them, protection from the virus for everyone else, and for those working to find a cure.

Pastor Basile

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

A Prayer
Merciful God, hear our fervent prayer for all who are suffering from the recent coronavirus outbreak. May those who are infected receive the proper treatment and the comfort of your healing presence. May their caregivers, families, neighbors, and everyone else be shielded from the onslaught of the virus. Give solace to those who grieve the loss of loved ones. Protect and guide those who strive to find a cure, that their work may conquer the disease and restore communities to wholeness and health. Help us to rise above fear. We ask all this in the name of your Son, Jesus, Amen.

– Adapted from a prayer by The Catholic Health Association of the United States

“Praying with the Pastor” is a resource highlighting prayer needs in our community, nation, and world. Names of Zion members and friends requesting prayer are listed in the weekly church bulletins, and monthly Messenger Newsletter. May God’s blessings abound as we consistently lift up the world, including our own church family, in prayer!