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Messages of Hope to Help During COVID-19

Oct 7 2021
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During uncertain times like these, our faith can be challenged and it can be hard to see where God fits in our lives.

We have pulled together some of our favorite prayers, poems, inspirational quotes and reflections about the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, a few of these pieces have been written by our very own team members.

Our wish is that these words give you and your loved ones hope during this time. While reading these messages of hope, take some time to quietly reflect on the words as well as the emotions they bring out in you.

“A Thank You to Our Colleagues on the Frontlines”

You heal our sick.
You clean our hospitals.
You run our labs and pharmacies.
You leave your homes every day to care for strangers. You leave loved ones. You leave comfort. You leave certainty and safety.
We’re forever grateful for all of our teammates on the front lines. Forever grateful for the sacrifices they make every day to heal us and to keep us safe.
We can’t begin to understand the exhaustion you must feel. We can’t pretend to understand the frustration, either.
But please know we empathize with you. We do everything we can to support you.
The effort you put in day in and day out to provide care is not lost on us. It never has been.
Even when we thought this was over. Even when we discovered it wasn’t.
We’re forever grateful for all of you.
From the bottom of our hearts – thank you.

(Pete Mentrek, Mercy Health marketing manager from Cincinnati, OH)

2020″

This year has been marked with reflection and change;
some days feel good and others feel strange.
We’ve learned to work differently;
and love more unconditionally.
We try to tune out the stress;
but sometimes life still feels like a mess.
We find ways to turn negatives into good;
and learn new skills that we thought we never could.
We find ways to travel to less congested places;
and we meet our friends with covered faces.
Hopefully this year has been filled with opportunity;
and we’ve tried to exercise and strengthen our immunity.
2020 hasn’t been like we expected;
but we’ve found new ways to stay connected.
Hug your kids and enjoy the outdoors;
worry less about the very small chores.
Things will get better because they usually do;
enjoy what you love and learn something new.
Don’t forget to pray and always be kind;
try to stay positive and learn to unwind.
The story has been written, good wins in the end;
prayers for all my family and friends.

(Craig Alter, Mercy Health marketing manager from Cincinnati, OH)

“Behind the mask”

Behind the mask is a patient in fear, unsure what will happen after being brought here.
Behind the mask is someone special who, was born for this moment to take care of you.
Behind the mask is someone’s son or daughter, guiding you through these unchartered waters.
Behind the mask, someone comes to you in prayer, full of mission and faith, guiding your care.
Behind the mask, someone is leading the way, planning and supporting the staff through the day.
Behind the mask someone silently prepares, clean rooms, or meals, even meds for your care.
Behind the mask someone can come where you live, bringing care, meds or equipment, more passion to give.
Behind the mask, there is one ministry for all, no role is too big, no position too small.
Behind the mask, is our promise to you, we answered the call, it’s what we were all meant to do.

(Donna, Mercy Health manager from Lima, OH)

“Not Everything is Cancelled”

Not everything is cancelled…
Sun is not cancelled
Spring is not cancelled
Relationships are not cancelled
Love is not cancelled
Reading is not cancelled
Devotion is not cancelled
Music is not cancelled
Imagination is not cancelled
Kindness is not cancelled
Conversations are not cancelled
Hope is not cancelled
And God’s love for HIS people is never cancelled.

Bible Verse and Reflection #1

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

Is anything more amazing and awe-inspiring than the idea that our God who created the stars and planets, mountains and oceans, cares so much for us in our distress that he has promised to wipe away every tear.

(Alex Garvey, PhD)

Bible Verse and Reflection #2

“Have no anxiety at all; but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

Loving God, we arise today to face the challenges on the road ahead. It is clear that our current situation needs us to be steadfast and persistent in our response to COVID-19; as this is a marathon, not a sprint. Be with us now O Lord!

Loving father, during your Ministry on earth Your sign was the healing you shared with us, and Your promise to take away our anxieties the symbol of your eternal presence.

Be present to Your people who suffer and allow them to feel your healing touch through the compassionate care of our doctors, nurses and caregivers. Remove any fear, feelings of anxiousness or uncertainties from our hearts. Let us trust in You. Protect our friends, families and coworkers and bring Your peace to all who support us.

Give us your Grace O Lord so we can speak calmly, clearly and truthfully with each other. Let us see one another as You see us. May truth, empathy and kindness remain our steadfast rock! Give spouses a patient and compassionate place for each other. Be with worn-out parents and give them Your love so that they may speak words of kindness and encouragement to their children. Be with us now, O Lord!

Let us sanitize more and pray more. Let us be kinder than we have to in adversity. Let us speak warmer that we need to in duress. Let us act more compassionately than we should do with others…and let us start and end each day on our knees, enraptured with a loving God, who by prayer and petition, in thanksgiving, we make every request known, too! Be with us now O Lord!

(Alex Garvey, PhD)

“The Other Side of the Virus, An Opportunity to Awaken”

Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
is offering free meals and delivery to the house-bound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighborhood
so that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today churches, synagogues, mosques and temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary.
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting.
All over the world people are looking at their neighbors in a new way.
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul.
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic-
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

(Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM, March 13, 2020)

Prayer During a Pandemic

Loving God, Holy One,
Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being.
We hold in tenderness and prayer
the collective suffering of
our world at this time.
We grieve precious lives lost and
vulnerable lives threatened.
We ache for ourselves and
our neighbors, standing
before an uncertain future.
We pray: may love, not fear, go viral.
Inspire our leaders to discern and
choose wisely, aligned with the
common good.
Help us to practice social distancing
and reveal to us new and creative
ways to come together in spirit
and in solidarity.
Call us to profound trust in Your
Faithful presence,
You, the God who does not abandon,
You, the Holy One,
breathing within us,
breathing among us,
breathing around us
in our beautiful yet
wounded world.

(Sisters of IHM, Scranton, PA: Sr. Katie Clauss, IHM)

Is there a message of hope you have been using during this time? Please share it with us by commenting below. We would love to hear from you.

Stay updated on what Mercy Health is doing related to COVID-19.


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Suyapa cerrato

Sweet food for soul. Your message got deep in to my being. I’ll try to reading every day. Thank you
July 17th, 2020 | 1:18am

A faithful friend

Thank you so much for these exquisite words. I am sharing the Behind the Mask poem with some loved ones in senior living and caring for people in senior living. Beautiful.
September 15th, 2020 | 7:36pm

Brenda Y Duncan

Their prayer and the words was really helpful to my mind and heart.. It’s give hope when you’re feeling anxieties and fears...
September 17th, 2020 | 4:50pm

Margie Romero

Now is the time to be. kind a reflect the Goodness of God almighty. For He never leaves us or forsakes us. WHAT WOULD JESUS DO ! Pray in the mighty names of Jesus. For His name is Powerful Amen and so be it.
November 18th, 2020 | 1:22am

Doris Psyton

We are going to use some of your encouragement messages for Christmas Gathering, practicing social distancing and wearing masks, etc.
November 22nd, 2020 | 8:26pm

Cher

Beautiful ❤️ I needed this kind of encouragement and reminders. No matter what, He is on the throne and He is in control of the end and beginning. He is our Protector and truly, so much is not cancelled putting eternity in view. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
November 24th, 2020 | 1:24am

Nora

The world is a big place, my state, my town, my neighborhood. No one gets through this pandemic alone. Remember WE all need to support each other each in our own way- leave baked goods on an elderly persons doorstep, make a 5 minute call to chat with a friend, write a letter, text, or email to encourage others. Little things make a huge impact. Reading this article reminded me; we are all meant to serve in goodness according to God’s purpose.
December 25th, 2020 | 6:26am

George

Very good encouragement indeed.. I'm blessed
December 30th, 2020 | 6:28pm

Leslie W Hawthorne

May GOD continue to bless our world, and keep us in the covert of HIS LOVING ARMS, VERY ENCOURAGING,TO GOD BE THE GLORY❤️
February 07th, 2021 | 11:31am

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