The United States has reached a tragic total of 500,000 dead from Covid-19
Let us remember them.
Today we gather in our hearts all those who have been part of our lives and the life of this nation and who have been lost to us. Let us remember them and send the supportive energy of our combined mourning and prayer to those who loved them and whose lives will never be the same.
Let us remember the ones who lived and loved deeply, who found the source of inner strength from You, the Source of love.
Let us remember the light-filled ones who enkindled our spirits with their teachings and the spark of their beliefs.
Let us remember the risk-takers, who faced their fears and took action, who sought justice even though they had to pay a price for it.
Let us remember the vulnerable ones, who allowed us to care for them, to be with them in their times of need.
Let us remember the faith-filled ones, who led us into the mystery of the holy One by their words and example.
Let us remember the brave ones, who walked through their struggles with hope, who taught us how to trust and have confidence during our times of sorrow and difficulty.
Let us remember the great lovers of life, whose humor and enthusiasm lifted our spirits and brought us joy.
Let us remember the nurturers, who birthed us physically or spiritually, who gave us sustenance by their caring presence.
Our hearts ache for the loss of those who will never be mere numbers to us. They are our beloved parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers, husbands, wives, children, relatives, and friends. They are our fellow Americans, suddenly wiped out by an Invisible enemy. In the days ahead, we pray for those left only with memories. May the God of compassion give them comfort. Through this shared and painful experience may we find the wisdom and the vision to build together a better and more united community.