The Carpenters sing, “rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” The Bangles sing, “Just another manic Monday, I wish it was Sunday.” The Boomtown Rats sing, “I don’t like Mondays.” For some reason, we dread Mondays: typically the beginning of the school and work weeks. This Monday is unlike any other we’ve lived through, presenting unique challenges that we’re anxious about facing. But what about “Mindful Monday?”
The phrase implies that there is a way to “start the week off right.”
The Lord is with us in or coming and going; the Lord is with us in the morning and the evening; the Lord is with us at the beginning and the end of the week. We can start our day in fear, or by turning our troubles over to the Lord. So let’s pause for a prayer as we remember the Monday morning people around the world.
- We pray for all those who are staying at home today, that they not feel anxious, lonely, or isolated.
- We pray for all those who are going to work today, especially our doctors, nurses, technicians, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, delivery people and everyone in the food industry, that they feel blessed by a sense of purpose.
- We pray for all those who are working from home, that they may be motivated and inspired.
- We pray for all those who are on furlough or who have lost their jobs, that they feel some manner of hope.
- We pray for all those who are sick, those who are awaiting tests, and those who have been quarantined, that they will feel Your healing presence.
- We pray for all government officials who are seeking to address our physical and economic fears, that they be guided by your Holy Spirit.
- We pray for all the teachers who are learning how to teach remotely, and all the students who are learning how to study remotely, that they will feel a sense of continuity in this crisis.
- We pray for all young people who are staying at home and all parents and other caregivers who are with them, that they may feel a sense of love and togetherness.
- We pray for a cure to this virus and an end to this crisis; we pray for divine intervention.
- More than anything, whoever we are, wherever we are, whatever we are doing, may we each experience a reminder today that you are with us always, that you love us always, that your peace and hope are real and available today. Amen.