God, we confess our emotional isolation,
and pray for forgiveness
for spiritual distance from others.
Some of us are desperately lonely
and assume what defines quarantine
is endless streaming,
books, new recipes, facetime,
and envying those with family in flesh.
Some of us long for a half hour alone
that is not in the shower,
and wonder how long till our families
forget that really bad burst of temper.
Most of us do not pray daily
for those unsafe-in-place, locked down
with those who endanger their lives.
God, our empathy is withered
and we do not try enough to walk a mile
in another’s mask and gloves.
Assurance of Grace
The opening of the heart does not wait for the re-opening of schools or economies or social protocol. We are never deserted or trapped. Never alone and always alone, we are forgiven.