There is a woman in my town.
She is a force.
She is a strength.
She is everywhere.
(How does she do that?)
She doesn’t quit.
She doesn’t grow weary.
(She must get a little tired, though. She must.)
She gives and shares and creates and loves and fights and holds and smiles,
And, oh, how she laughs.
She hugs everyone.
She loves everyone.
She is your love.
Here in this place, right now.
Working for justice, demanding release, designing freedom, empowering hope, fueling courage.
These days, these cold, terrible, ridiculous, miserable, long, stink-filled, messy, damp, rage-filled days,

She is your love.
She is your hope.
She is your wisdom.
She is your compassion.
She shines with it, sings with it, cooks with it, drives with it, pushes and pushes and pushes with it.
And, much like you, she never, ever gives up.

Thank you for her.
Thank you for all our hers.
You know them.
You make them.
You call them to spark and to share.
We are better because we see them, know them, feel them, and adore them.
(And through them, see, know, feel, and adore you, too!)

Thanks be to God.
Thanks for her.
Thanks for all your hers.
Thanks be to God.
Thanks be to God.
Thanks be to God.



Rev. Erin Counihan serves as Pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s been a while, but sometimes she blogs at 

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