La Ceiba is one of the oldest trees in Puerto Rico. The one pictured here is “a baby.” She lost many of her branches during Hurricane Maria and was stripped of her bark…but she survived and is being cared for. (Photo credit: Marilyn Pagán-Banks)

God of missing and murdered girls in Chicago and around the world, God of rescued boys in Thailand and of scared and abducted children in cages in the United States–

cause us a deep discontent in the very ground of our being–
so that we are compelled to start/keep fighting,
to start/keep voting,
to start/keep dismantling,
to start/keep loving,
to start/keep building,
to start/keep creating a world that ALL children deserve…
the one You imagined and lovingly long for still…
May it be so. Amen.

Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks (she, her, hers, ella) is a soulful, womanist minister, teacher and learner and is committed to the liberation of oppressed peoples, building power and creating community. She lives in Chicago with her spouse, three children and eight grandchildren (!) and currently serves as executive director of A Just Harvest, pastor at San Lucas UCC and Namasté UCC, and adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary.

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