Nevertheless, She persisted.
The Spirit who spoke life into the world and into my soul.
The Spirit who called me into this wild, radical relationship with her very own justice, love, and light.
The Spirit who urges me to get up from my corner of sorrow and panic.
The Spirit who strengthens me to keep walking on.
The Spirit who forgives me and holds me while I heal.
The Spirit who knows I will mess up and we will mess up and we will keep forgetting and slipping and trying and remembering and breaking and healing and breaking and running and wandering and hiding and seeking and advancing and growing and learning and hoping and doubting and falling and sitting still again…
The Spirit who I told off and cut off.
The one that I, and well, the whole world, keeps rejecting, denying, and abusing…
The Spirit who we explain away and shush up.
That Spirit, She ought to know better by now. She ought to know us by now.
Nevertheless, She persisted.

O Sweet Spirit, keep on persisting…in me, in us, in all…and don’t ever, ever stop. Amen.

Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St. Louis, MO. She is a contributor to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, and blogs at


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