God we hear Your loving, yet powerful call as we enter into this season of reflection, remembering and returning
With symbols plain for all to see on our faces
Gentle reminders on our hands
Resolute promises in our hearts
We are ready to put in the work
To reflect on our sins, woundedness and brokenness
To remember Your grace, Your love, and Your justice
To return to Your purpose for us, Your vision, Our essence, Our selves
And we ask that You do the same
We are calling on You, O God
With the worshipful cry of the Psalmists
And the unapologetic, albeit sometimes bumbling, boldness of the Prophets
We are calling on You with the lament of the Parent refusing to be comforted
And the weariness of a People who have been in the wilderness for far too long
We are calling on You, Abba
With the loving trust of Jesus
God—cause the world to know that You are yet alive
God—cause us humxns to remember Whose we are
God—cause all creation to return to the divine Image in which we were all formed
Holy One, we remember Your promise as we journey in this Lenten season
And we ask that You do the same.
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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