Ps. 6: A Neighbor's Prayer

Dwight L. Wilson is an author of both psalms—Modern Psalms in Search of Peace and Justice—and historical fiction focusing on the North in the era between the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars—The Kidnapped, The Resistors and The Esi Was My Mother series. He is a former General Secretary of Friends General Conference, the original group of North American Quakers. His wife is a former board member and an active congregant of Ann Arbor, Michigan's Beth Israel Synagogue.


As Covid-19 plagues the post-modern world, 

I ask for You to help me assist 

those who are Your most vulnerable children. 

May I be a servant who You have sent to shield. 

May the medical workers and food providers; 

the incarcerated, penned up refugees, 

and asylum seekers; the postal workers 

who must handle germs from dangerous places; 

the overcrowded apartment dwellers; 

the ones without homes or even loved ones; 

Your children with mental illnesses 

including the depressed and bi-polar; 

as well as those whose money is insecure 

because their lives are built around entertaining 

or independently healing the broken, 

all find me a neighbor who is committed 

to their present and future well-being. 

Most of all, may my love stretch like an ocean 

to help bring the sick and all who care for them 

to a shore where life’s storms cannot penetrate.


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