We continue our sermon series “Building Blocks” this Sunday. The sermon is based on Luke 24:13-35 and is entitled “Recognizing Jesus.” Sometimes like Cleopas and his companion, we like to tell the story of how disappointing the world is, how things are not fair or didn’t turn out the way we planned. The scripture says that on the journey Jesus explained it all to them and in the end they realize it was Jesus that was walking with them. The good news is death could not take way Jesus, and the resurrection brought us Christ, who is with us in every time and place.
It does not matter where we find ourselves emotionally or spiritually during this time. It may seem unfair or never ending but we do not walk this journey alone. Christ is with us and when we recognize the burning with is we will know it was Christ there with us.
As I have started during this pandemic, here is a prayer for these times:
A Prayer for Medical Scientists
Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, California
God of wisdom,
bless medical scientists and researchers around the world
with insight and skill, dedication and fortitude
as they combat coronavirus,
so that their work yields knowledge and understanding,
speedily finding a vaccine, treatments and deterrents to its spread.
Source of life,
grant public health and government officials
the strength to act swiftly and decisively
with compassion and understanding
in service to humankind,
fighting this outbreak
and the other diseases that still plague the planet,
diseases threatening the lives of our brothers and sisters,
nations and communities,
young and old.
Rock of Ages,
bring an end to disease and suffering
so that all may know
your compassion and your grace.
Praised are You, Adonai, healer of flesh, maker of wonders.