IMG_5195Abiding God,
You surround this world with your steadfast affection.
You hold it together in your holy hands,
With gentle care and fierce hope,
in spite of all we do to divide, conquer, rule, and oppress. 

In the Word
you remind us in the most unexpected ways
that Your Heart cannot be held back
by human belief, boundaries, or resolutions.

You are Wild Love,
Bounteous in your invitation to your table
that is laden with justice and peace and righteousness.

There are no crumbs  in your Holy Imagination,
only fullness and welcome. 

Open us to listen.
when our privilege is challenged.
Change our minds,
expand our souls,
even when all we ever have known might crumble.

Lead us to the wonder and wideness of your mercy
may we live…

always as your beloved, 

always loving what you love, 

always being love.

In the wonder of Jesus we pray,

Rev. Karla Jean Miller is Minister for Community Life at the Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA.   She is also a contributor to the RevGal book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. 

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