By Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary, National Council of Churches
We pray for our elected officials–that they would place the needs of those who have fallen ill at the center of their concern and that they would prioritize the health and well-being of their people over their own political status and advantage.
We pray for our elected leaders that they might not themselves fall ill and awaken in them the stamina and the wisdom and the compassion needed to deal with this crisis.
We pray our elected officials will not use this pandemic to extend their own power and punish their perceived enemies.
We pray our elected officials will know justice and mercy and show it to the people for which they are responsible.
We pray our elected officials will exhibit humility and not blame others for this pandemic.
We pray our elected officials will rise to this critical occasion, forego war and strife, and seek unity for the sake of the whole world and that this Kairos moment might generate the momentum required to fight all diseases and climate change and poverty.
We pray our elected officials will commit to fighting the giant triplets of materialism, militarism, and racism.
We pray that our elected leaders will help to lead us into a post-coronavirus world that will be free of want, free of war, and free of fear. Under their leadership, may the people know lasting peace and good health.