This is the update for Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
Kentucky is reporting 160 new cases today and 7 new deaths in two days. The First Lady and I will be seeing our grandchildren soon, so we got tested today—both negative, but our sinuses are not pleased!
A Quaker prayer
Eternal God, present in all of life that is significant and holy, hear us now as we lift our voices in thanksgiving and praise, in confession, and in supplication.
We give thanks for your word of encouragement that enables us to face each new day. We also thank you for your word of faithfulness that gives us hope for the future. And we give thanks for your word of guidance that directs us as we seek to better understand your ways.
Gracious God, deliver us from the shallowness of our commitments, from the thousand ways our strivings separate us from each other. And most of all, deliver us from our fears that alienate us from you.
O God of faith, hear our prayer as we light our flame of peace and love at this hour and in this sacred place. May the flame here kindled grow within each heart, that all may sense more fully your spirit in the warmth of our concern for one another. Refresh us when we grow weary of opposing injustice and oppression, terrorism and war, and send us forth from this time of prayer for peace strengthened to bind up the wounds that afflict our world. Grant us peace, O God — not the peace of slumber, but of quiet confidence in the triumph of your word. For the sake of all your creation, we pray. Amen.
Wallace B. Smith
Be careful everyone; we have a long way to go yet, but we’ll get through this,
Lyle Roelofs, President