Updated: Mar 21, 2020
My heart breaks for so many during this time of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. I know that God can see the big picture and that He is with us through this entire difficult situation. I am trying to focus on the positives—families spending quality time together playing games and going outside, children getting one-on-one attention and instruction, pollution decreasing, college kids home, and people joining each other to help their neighbors, the high-risk, and the elderly. However, the huge number of people negatively impacted, along with those who are making sacrifices, also daily fill my thoughts—the sick who are suffering and in quarantine all alone, the senior citizens who have to stay indoors without visitors, the families of those who have not survived, the countless who have lost jobs and can't pay bills, worried children, industries who will suffer financially, people who have weddings or other milestone events planned, college students forced from their dorms, first responders, medical workers, grocery store workers, the leaders of countries throughout the world...the list could go on. I keep praying for them all! Because I know the joys my own kids experienced the last few months of their senior years, that is another age and stage I'm feeling compassion for. Join me in prayer for these resilient young adults from the class of 2020.
Today I pray specifically for the high school seniors.
During what should be such an exciting time of their lives, they are surrounded by uncertainty and discomfort. I ask that you console them and help them feel your presence and be guided by the Holy Spirit. As they mourn the loss of experiencing the usual joys of their last semesters of high school—final productions, concerts, awards night, sporting events, competitions, prom, graduation, art presentations, Grad Night, celebration parties, valedictorian and salutatorian speeches, caps and gowns, and countless other memories they thought they would be able to make—help them to find optimism and peace in You. Give them the wisdom to be encouraged with the hope of the future and to not dwell on the disappointments of the present. Surround them by support of family and friends, and encompass them with Your never ending love.
In Jesus's precious name I pray.
I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.