This prayer is for the huggers who are missing their hugs, the introverts who are stuck in their house with their family, for the extroverts who are stuck in their house with only their family, for the singletons who are alone, for the immunocompromised or disabled who everyone dismisses, for the the family of the immunocompromised or disabled who are trying to keep them safe, for the children who are bored and lonely and only sort of understand.For those who are worried about their parents, and those who are worried about their children, because that is what family is for. This prayer is for the doctors and nurses who are battling everyday, for the grocery store workers, the custodial staff, the garbage collectors, the truckers who are keeping things running. Its for all those people who don’t have health insurance, it’s for all those people who are out of work, laid off, or short of hours. This prayer is for those who live daily with anxiety or depression, those who deal with mental illness, those who live with addiction–all those people for whom this weight is heavier because they already deal with so much. This is a prayer for the sick who can’t get tests or treatment, because of the risk of infection. And finally for the sick, and the families of the sick. For those who are dying and those who have lost family and friends. This is a prayer for everyone, because we all need it.
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Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
"Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal.
Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one. Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.
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Hi Katy! I love this prayer-I would love to read aloud and post on my Facebook page-crediting you-would you allow this? Blessings Lynn