Unseen Presence/Viral God – deur Pieter Roeloffse
deur Pieter Roeloffse
You are like the virus —
unseen, yet only seen
against the backdrop
of the effect of Your presence.
Here Your virus-like resemblance stop,
You, invisible Presence —
release captives from self-isolation.
You, undiscriminating Embrace —
free humanity from fear.
You, contagious Life —
breathes wholeness into all that You touch.
Forgive us where we’ve made You into a dreadful virus:
to isolate ourselves
from those in moralistic quarantine;
to keep the other
at a fearful distance;
to guard Your life-giving abundance
from the untouchables
in our self-absorbed scarcity.
Free us from our virus-like behaviour of:
Infect us anew with Your life-giving
We pray this in the name of the One
who was crowned with suffering
and therefore with glorious life,
Jesus, the contagious Giver of life.