For every hurting body,
For every weary heart,
For every broken spirit,
For every story re-visited.
For every violation.
Every pain.
Every humiliation.
Every bruise.
Every scar.
Every. Single. Tear.
Every terrible thing every victim told themselves.
Every terrible thing someone else told them.
Every secret.
Every truth.
Every hidden horror.
Every public trauma.
Holy One, who knows us and loves us.
Every one of us.
Every bit of us.
Everything that’s happened to us.
Holy One, who cares for us.
Holy One, who BELIEVES US.
Be near today.
Breathe deeply and love thoroughly,
carry our rage, comfort our sorrow,
summon our strength, and help us find hope.
In one another.
In changing culture.
In toppling systems.
and mostly
In YOU.

Holy One, be near. Be gentle. Be loud. Be known.
In us today.
For us today.
Through us today.
And always.

Amen.

 

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The Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St. Louis, MO. She is a contributor to the RevGals book and blogs (kinda) at http://www.somewhatreverend.wordpress.com.

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