An Invitation

A week ago, I joined the rest of my church in a worldwide fast and prayer for relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonight, the President of same church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, called for another fast, this one on Friday, April 10 (Good Friday, heading into the Easter weekend).

“Let us unite in pleading for healing throughout the world,” the prophet said. “Good Friday would be the perfect day to have our Heavenly Father and His Son hear us!”

He also called for this fast to be not just by us in our church alone, but all of us, together, those who are willing and healthy enough for it. To that end, I am putting the word out, so to speak, and inviting all my friends and acquaintances to join us in this fasting and in this prayer.

“For all whose health may permit, let us fast, pray, and unite our faith once again. Let us prayerfully plead for relief from this global pandemic. I invite all, including those not of our faith, to fast and pray on Good Friday, April 10, that the present pandemic may be controlled, caregivers protected, the economy strengthened, and life normalized.”

“How do we fast? Two meals, or twenty-four hours, is customary. But you decide. What would constitute a sacrifice for you?”

No pressure, of course, and no preaching intended. I am not trying to shove anything of my religion down anyone’s throat. I merely extend this invitation, by the most effective means I have available, and urge you to accept it. Please, friends and neighbors, unite with us, with whatever faith is yours.

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