Commissioner Charles Chestnut asked viewers and his colleagues to bow their heads and then delivered the invocation at the beginning of the Alachua Board of County Commissioners meeting May 12. His words were labeled the “The COVID-19 Prayer” by one viewer on Facebook.
“Heavenly Father as we assemble today, please give us the wisdom, the knowledge and the understanding to lead Alachua County Commission during this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
God, be with the families of those who are sick or have died from coronavirus.
As they worry and grieve defend them from the illness and despair.
May they know your peace, God.
Lord, we ask that you continue to bless this country, this state, this county.
We ask that you continue to bless our Armed Services, our first responders and all the county employees.
Please put your arms of protection around them.
God, we ask that you sustain and support the anxious, the fearful and the isolated during this time and give them the courage and the strength to face the days ahead.
Lord, heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
God, we know that everything is in your sovereign control.
We ask that you keep this coronavirus from continuing to spread.
Please give government officials the knowledge, wisdom and ability to reopen government safely without spreading this virus.
Lord, continue to protect and bless doctors and nurses and healthcare officials and please give wisdom to those searching for a cure.
In Psalms 46 verse one and two, it says, ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in the time of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.’
It is in your most blessed name, I pray.
Listen to the prayer here: https://youtu.be/VTPDf0sL7g4