may your loving arms
surround all who grieve and mourn,
those who are ill
at home or in hospital,
and all those who care for them,
or who put their lives at risk
to maintain essential services.
Be with those
whose physical and mental health
is suffering as a result of lock-down.
Inspire those in leadership
with wisdom and compassion,
and guide scientists seeking a vaccine.
May new bonds of neighbourliness,
continue to bind our communities together,
and may our planet be renewed
as we learn new ways of living.