Ladies, today is Good Friday. A time for fasting and reflecting.
I ran into a question online “Should I abstain from sex on Good Friday?”
A Catholic priest answered, saying as long as you are with your husband, it’s not required to refrain from sex on Good Friday.
But sacrifice and prayer is a way to focus our prayers on important issues. Coronavirus is definitely a big issue wreaking havoc on our world. If you know someone who is suffering from the virus or want to provide support to caregivers, here is a Coronavirus prayer from the president of Methodist Conference:
A prayer for the world
God of love and hope, you made the world and care for all creation, but the world feels strange right now. The news is full of stories about Coronavirus. Some people are worried that they might get ill. Others are anxious for their family and friends. Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists, and all who are working to discover the right medicines to help those who are ill. Thank you that even in these anxious times, you are with us. Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe. Amen.
For hospital staff and medical researchers
Gracious God, give skill, sympathy, and resilience to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
From one who is ill or isolated
O God, help me to trust you, help me to know that you are with me, help me to believe that nothing can separate me from your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May you have a peaceful and joyful Easter and Passover.