(image created by Terri C. Pilarski for the former Episcopal Women’s Caucus)

God of life, creator of all
Who reached into the swirling mass of chaos
and pulled forth order, day
and night, land and sea, moon and sun
Who made humankind in Your likeness,
All kinds of humans, in every shade
and every size, gendered and not
to fully express the vastness of You.

God of life, creator of all
I believe that the order you set in place
is intended that all living creatures be
whole, well, healthy, that this is the
order you desire, and that all dis-ease
is an effort to go back to chaos, and away
from You. So to I believe that every act of
violence is a pull back into chaos, away
from You, from the love that you have for
all your creation. I’m not talking about
the nature order of food, of one creature
finding sustenance on another, because that
keeps order.

I’m talking about, especially, humankind,
the only creatures of your creation that
know how to be greedy, to take more than
we should, to deprive the world of its balance,
and especially to deprive other humans of
their God-given right to live a whole and
healthy life, loved and loving. I’m talking
about men who suppress and oppress women,
who beat women and kill women, and do so
simply because they think they have the right too.

I’m talking about gender based violence in all its forms.
And in these sixteen days of prayer to end gender
based violence, now in its 8th year, I pray again,
that especially this kind of violence
will end,
that all people
may live
whole and healthy lives,
loved and,


The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a parish in Dearborn, Michigan. She’s been a member of RevGalBlogPals since 2006 and blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice.

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