This week was forecast to be particularly heartbreaking in terms of the possibility for our own illnesses and deaths from COVID-19, the silent enemy.

Where do we turn for assurance against something that we cannot see which is so threatening and something against which we, as yet, have no sure defenses but has proven to be, in extreme cases, deadly? My own words seem terribly inadequate.

However, the editor of a popular religious magazine reminded me of the words of a religious song which came from the heart and works of a person who labored in Germany during the devastating Thirty Years War.

Since so many of us are summoned to particular faith practices in the seasons of Ramadan or Passover or Easter, I offer the words of a song which a German pastor wrote as a meditation, a prayer, for ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbors during this difficult and scary time.

“Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices,

Who wondrous things has done, in whom the world rejoices,

O may this bounteous God through all our lives be near us,

And keep us still in grace and guide us when perplexed,

And free us from all ills in this world and the next.”

We are all in this together.

Jim McKinney is a downtown Leavenworth resident.