I have been trying not to write about 2020.

Instead, I’ve been trying to write about things I’ve gone through and grown through and things that other people go through. I’ve had bad habits, health scares, family drama and trauma, failures, and triumphs.

It seems I’m not ready to talk about any of it.

I don’t know what to say, so I hope I can just pray for you–for all of us.

Father in Heaven,
I miss my world as it was before. I miss myself as I was before.
2020 has shown me things about myself, about other people, and about the world that I dislike.
And some things I do like. Help me to notice these blessings.
I just pray that I can show people a better way to be, a better way to love, and a better way to believe.
I pray that I can listen to You in this mess, that I might learn something and grow closer to You.
Please, Lord, forgive me for my sins. I’ve so often overlooked You.
I want to never move away from You or Your will for my life.
Use even these awful things of 2020 to work through me.
Do Your good work, Father, through my country, my family, my church, and my home.
Things have been tough for me in a specific way, but help me to use the hurt I’ve endured to show others
You love them and I love them, and together we will be okay.
I ask that You be with those who aren’t okay.
Wrap loving arms around those who are ill. Cover with Your angels, those in danger.
Help those in quarantine to be less lonely.
Help those who are depressed to see something every day that makes them smile.
Help those who are sick to feel well at the moment when their hearts need it.
Help the parents and children at home together to find moments of fun each day.
Help us, Lord. Help us endure this time, knowing a perfect life with You will come.

Bless the person reading this.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.