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Injustice is pervasive, God-
With privileged ones getting away with crimes once again,
With marginalized blamed for everything.

Nothing is new under the sun,
But we ask that one of these days
The sunrise of righteousness will embark upon our world.

God of the justice that seems to be hiding these days,
Bid us patience-

No.

Wait.

Patience isn’t enough for us anymore.
We’ve had patience.  We’ve been calm.
And our souls are ready to escape the restraints of injustice.

We are finished with the world’s calls to be calm,
To wait like “good” children.
Now it’s time for us to be the screaming child
Refusing to silence our voices until righteousness reigns.

God, uplift our hearts with courage and our spirits with strength.
Make our voices loud
And our words firm
So that all of your children will have the same dignity on earth
Just like that on your side of heaven.

Amen.

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The Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the Senior Pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, Illinois. Her essay “Always a Pastor, Never the Bride” was in the RevGalBlogPals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She also has chapters in the books Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy and A Child Laughs: Prayers for Justice and Hope. Torigian blogs at http://www.michelletorigian.com.

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