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A Prescription for COVID Peace

Hello, dear brothers and sisters in the one global family. Today, I've prepared a #COVIDpeace prescription for you to refresh your soul. If you take this Rx weekly, it will innoculate you against the strains and stresses of the coronavirus.

1) Listen to The Blessing by Pittsburgh churches

Have you heard the absolutely uplifting song, The Blessing, recorded by almost 30 Pittsburgh churches in isolation? It is sure to bless your soul.


2) Take a walk

Even if it's only around the block, the balcony, or the garden, spend fifteen minutes outside. Listen for birds and look for signs of spring. I've been enjoying close encounters with our fearless feathered friends in High Park, listening to baby birds in a nest under the neighbour's eavestrough, and watching new flowers bud every week as spring arrives in Toronto.


3) Call a friend

Especially while we're physically distancing, it's important to stay socially connected. Is there someone that you miss or want to encourage today?


4) Listen only to uplifting things

Fast from COVID-19 news and listen only to positive music, podcasts, or movies today.
In the mood for music? I've curated some Spotify playlists for joy, dancing, peace, and spiritual sustenance (scroll down or follow CryPeace on Spotify to see them all).

5) Say a prayer

It's essential to nurture our spirits, especially during difficult times. During your walk, in your bedroom, or if you're comfortable, even on the phone with your friend, say a prayer today. The Lord's Prayer is a beautiful source of spiritual sustenance when you can't find your own words:

Our Father, which art in heaven (who makes us one global family),
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (your will for healing and peace for the world).
Give us this day our daily bread (especially those without jobs or a social safety net),
and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us (especially as our nerves are frayed during this crisis).
And lead us not into temptation (to fear, irritability, or selfishness),
but deliver us from evil (especially COVID-19).
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever (you've got this, but more importantly, you've got us).


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