shoes
photo credit

Pray for women who do not march today.

Pray for women who are working. Working in hospitals, in restaurants, in police stations, in the store, on the street corner. Pray for women who are not working today, or any day. Pray for women who lack money even to eat, much less travel to a distant city.

Pray for women who do not march today.

Pray for  women who do not march, but move with the crowd just the same – rolling on four wheels instead of walking on two feet. Pray for  women who yearn to march,  whose hearts beat strong for justice, but whose bodies will not carry them all the way.  Pray for women at home, caring for the sick, the elders, the children.

Pray for women who do not march today.

Pray for women who do not march today, because the march does not represent all politics, all moralities, all colors, all expressions. Pray for women who wield power in some other place, some other way. Pray for women who raise their voices, wherever they may be.

Pray for women who do not march today.

Pray for women who are afraid. Afraid of being shamed or violated if they step off the path and into the moving river.  Afraid of their own bodacious, beautiful strength. Afraid because someone told them to be afraid.

Pray for women who do not march today, and pray for women who do.  Pray for women.

______________________________________________________________

Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as designated term pastor at First Congregational Church -UCC in Vancouver, Washington.  She contributed to the Revgals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and is the author of the not-really-about-a-triathlon memoir Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath. She blogs at There Is a River.


RevGalBlogPals encourages you to share our blog posts via email or social media. We do not grant permission to cut-and-paste prayers and articles without a link back. For permission to use material in paper publications, please email revgalblogpals at gmail dot com.

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Saturday Prayer – For Women Who Do Not March

  1. Beautiful. I actually thought of these women today as I marched – but not nearly so expansively and thoughtfully as you wrote. Thank you!

    Like

  2. Thank you for that prayer. I really had planned to go March but got ill. My spirit was willing but new it was a bad idea for my health. I am so proud of all that did march.

    Like

We hope you'll join the conversation!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s