Picture of the “blood moon” taken on January 21st in Chicago driving down Lakeshore Drive.

God, on this day in the middle of the week
It becomes clear that You are “both/and”
Both merciful and just
Both leading and at the same time granting free will
Both the ground of our very being and transcendent over all

In a time that can seem very complex
Help us to know that we can both love and be angry
We can both work to demand justice and take time to care for ourselves
We can both trust You and cry out in rage and disappointment
We can be both hood and holy

God of the moon and the sun, the day and the night
Grant us both a peaceful spirit and an attitude of persistence to make it the rest of the week with our focus unbroken on building the beloved community


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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