Christ who loved carpenters,
fisher folk, farmers,
fabric merchants, shepherds, and scribes,
we pray for those who are losing jobs
because of the pandemic —
those in the airline industry and hospitality,
those in restaurants and retail stores
of every kind,
those in local and interstate
those in cinemas, live music,
theatres, sports complexes,
local gyms, exercise studios,
school custodians and coaches,
barbers and hairdressers,
personal trainers and receptionists,
and those involved in manufacturing
of so many products.
We pray for those whose jobs
have become dangerous
because of direct risk of infection,
or equally direct risks
of fear, addiction, frustration,
those who serve a vulnerable population
in residential facility,
and surely we pray for framers, upon whom
so many others depend.
For those whose work hours and loads
have increased, we pray,
as well as many
who are dealing with a public
often ready to vent an internalized anger
on the inconvenience
of a long line or a missing product.
For those who are hunting
for a way to work from home
whether they will lose their home,
we pray for refuge.
We pray for those who miss their work
or miss their volunteering
who miss colleagues or customers
audiences or clients.
On this Saturday,
we pray for all of those who suddenly
don’t welcome the weekend.