ice capsCreator God,

In a time where some ponder ways to commodify the melting of the ice caps, while others are waist high in devastating waters, their entire lives floating around them

Forgive us

Stir within us a deep desire to not only change the news channel in frustration and resignation

But to find ways to stop damaging behaviors and to begin the work of healing

Healing of the earth

Healing of our drive to consume

Healing of our need for more

Healing of our disconnect from creation

Healing of our brokenness as humxns

Draw us back to You, Oh, God

And with thanksgiving and in humility we offer ourselves anew

Like the seedling comes bursting through the soil

Today we claim the power You have given us to build Your kin-dom on earth

Like the sunflower, bold and sure

We rejoice in this new day and the many possibilities it brings for healing, reconciliation, joy, and abundance

Thank you, Gracious Creator

Thank, You.

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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