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Ever present God,

Open our hearts to find beauty even in the simplest of times.

Open our minds to discover magic in the midst of routine.

Open our hands in acts of kindness and tenderness.

Open our day to include laughter, rest and sips that bring comfort.

Thank You for breaking through the heavens to dwell with us in every moment.

Amen.

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Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks (she/her/hers/ella) is a queer womanist freedom fighter, minister, spiritual entrepreneur, teacher, and life-long learner committed to the liberation of colonized peoples, centering the marginalized, building power and creating community. She lives in Chicago with her spouse and their teenage son (pray for us) and has two adult daughters and eight grandchildren (!—please keep praying ;)) Dr. Pagán-Banks 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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