Prayer #102: For Families Separated During the Coronavirus Crisis
One of the outcomes of the COVID-19 outbreak has been the separation of some families. This has happened, for shorter or longer periods during the Coronavirus crisis, for a variety of reasons. Some families had loved ones out of the country when the shutdowns due to the virus began; for a while at least, some were not able to come home. There were some on cruise ships---both passengers and staff---who were unable to return home for a long time. Doctors and medical staff working directly with COVID-19 patients have in some cases had to be separated from their families for a period of time. Many people have had to be quarantined for 2-3 weeks when there was an outbreak in the virus in their workplace and they were exposed. And, perhaps most heartbreaking of all, families are not able to visit and support their loved ones who are in the hospital, even with non-COVID illnesses or surgeries, nor at nursing homes.
Pray today for those who are isolated from their families due to COVID-19 restrictions. Pray that there would be soon away for many of these families to be reunited. Pray too for the time to come---soon, hopefully---when families can visit their loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes. Pray that in the meantime, those who are unable to have the direct love and support of their families would find deep and profound comfort in God.
Ps. 27:12: "The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
Addendum to Yesterday's Prayer: I want to thank John Fuester for pointing out that the percentages of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina, expressed demographically by age groups, line up with the percentages of people in those age groups. The data from yesterday still helps us to know how to pray, since the COVID-19 infections occur in more younger-age people, but we see also why this is so---there are simply more people, percentage-wise, in these younger-age groups (up to age 49). And, of course, we want to keep in mind that the deaths from the virus are preponderantly in the older-age group, age 65 and older.