God – From 1942 until 1946 my Father was stationed in Italy. As an Army meteorologist, he cleared for flight the Air Force bombers and glider pilots to help the Free World defeat Germany and Hitler in WWII. Now, there is a much different world war going on in Italy and around the globe, a battle for survival lead by courageous doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, and leaders of all faiths.
Sadly, one such servant of Yours and of humanity, Dr. Marcello Natali, of Italy died of the Coronavirus in Milan. At the time of his death, he was quarantined and separated from his entire family, including his nurse-wife. He was just age 57. Dr. Natali will not receive a hero’s burial as funerals are prohibited by law because of Italy’s national lockdown.
As of March 19, 2020, Italy had over 2,629 health care workers who had contracted COVID-19. They and many others around the globe continued to help the sick despite non-existent or inadequate personal protective equipment and lack of testing. He might have survived if earlier he had not refused an intensive care bed needed by another patient.
God, please cover all first responders with Your armor of light to protect them from harm and to strengthen them spiritually and physically as they sacrifice their own safety in service to others.
In the darkness please help the Coronavirus victims and first responders to see and share Your love and light.
Please let them know that the Coronavirus is not an act of You, our God, but a force of nature, like the Spanish Flu Pandemic in 1918.
If a first responder or victim cries out to You and asks, “Lord, why did You do this to me?” please comfort them with the knowledge that it was not You who did harm. For You would never hurt a child You love. Rather, You were certainly their First Responder. You were there to witness their pain, to cry with them and dry their tears.
Please help everyone to see Your light and love which dwells in the darkness.
When this catastrophic war is won. When Your scientists develop a vaccine as with polio. When the last ventilator is silenced. When the last ICU bed is empty. When all fallen first responders and victims have received eternal rest. When all places of worship are open. When all student rolls are called daily by teachers in their classrooms. Our world, humanity and the lives we live will never be the same.
Thanks for being our never changing, ever-loving and ever-present Creator. Amen
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