We awake with praise

We pause with praise

We move with praise

We live with praise

Not because all is perfect but because we are never alone

Not because we have all the answers but because we trust You

Not because we are not afraid but because we can lean on each other

Not because we are unaware of the evil around us but because we know that LOVE WILL WIN

Our praise is filled with joy and hope and we offer it freely on this day, O God.

And with the same yearning we pray with the songwriter…”May it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.”


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, building power and creating community. She lives in Chicago with her spouse and has three children and nine grandchildren. Dr. Pagán-Banks currently serves as executive director of A Just Harvest, pastor at San Lucas UCC, and adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary.

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