It’s been over a month and hopefully, you are still doing the recommended mitigation to stop the spread of the COVID virus; Wash your hands, cough into your elbow, disinfect surfaces, wear a mask and stay home. Nothing has changed with the guidelines, but maybe it’s time to change up our hand washing protocol. So, daily our state Secretary of Health reminds us to wash our hands for 20 seconds or “the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.” Are you still singing Happy Birthday?
I’ve never practiced this recommendation of singing Happy Birthday because early on my sister in law recommended praying every time we wash our hands and she suggested The Lord’s Prayer. I began my intentional handwashing routine (However, I had been washing my hands prior to the pandemic, but believe it or not, I was doing it mindlessly out of habit.) Since the daily reminder, I give it much more thought. I’ve posted prayers, quotes, and sayings by all of my sinks to encourage the rest of my family to join me in prayer.
My brother in law shared the following prayer on Palm Sunday so I printed it out and posted it:
Almighty God, who sees that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I loved the part about having NO power to help ourselves and keeping us outwardly and inwardly free from adversity. This spoke volumes to me at times.
However, my recent post (on the mirror not on social media!) is a poem by John Ryland in 1777.
Sovereign Ruler of the skies!
Ever gracious, ever wise!
All my times are in Thy hand,
All events at Thy command.
Plagues and deaths around me fly,
Till He bids I cannot die:
Not a single shaft can hit
Till the God of love thinks fit.
After reading it multiple times a day, I realized that it is the perfect length. It is also easily sung to the tune of Happy Birthday. Go ahead, read it again, but this time, change the tune, and sing it out loud and join me in prayer!