Protocols are rapidly changing as hospitals fill up and responsibly attempt to prevent further spread of disease. But what does that mean for the mother whose baby is due in 2 weeks? What does it mean for the man who has been anxiously awaiting his hip surgery so he can walk up stairs again? What about the woman who had her diagnostic surgery scheduled for mid-April? Of course, medical professionals are doing all they can and making the best choices they can in this situation. Even so, there are many people who are left in pain and uncertainty as hospital rules change and priorities are shifted. Those people need our prayers for the unique suffering they are facing.
Lord, fear has no place in Your Kingdom, but sometimes it finds its way into our minds. Bring peace to those who are worried, bring healing to those who need it and hold them in your hands. For mothers and babies, we pray for safe and swift deliveries. For those waiting in emotional or physical pain for medical procedures we pray for comfort and hope. We also pray for all medical staff, that they are comforted and fortified by your grace. Jesus, I trust in You.
Perhaps you could use this challenge as a way to pray for one of the intentions of this novena, or for your own intention. Fasting is one of the three pillars of Lent and is a powerful spiritual practice.
Here are some tips for fasting:
Make a plan early: Decide which meal you will fast from today and have a plan for what you will do during your time of fasting.
Define fasting: Fasting might look different for you than for someone else. Maybe you are not in a place to eat nothing for multiple hours, but you can eat something small instead of a whole meal. (This challenge is not meant to be a punishment but a method of prayer and deeper reliance and connection to God.)
Pray for strength: God hears and answers our prayers and it only makes sense to ask for His help to do something that will bring you closer to Him.
Remember to embrace this act of sacrifice with joy
"But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden."
Matthew 6: 17-18