St. Francis
Taken at the Franciscan Center of Tampa during BE2020

Elections

Illnesses

[Un]natural disasters

Policing

Racism

Transphobia

Anti-Blackness

Patriarchy

Anti-Immigrant

…this and more …

…has me playing the theme song from “Harriet” on repeat this Wednesday, O God.

And praying, praying, praying…

But I know that this is not enough

So I am asking for energy to keep standing up

I am asking for courage to keep speaking out

I am asking for anger to keep pushing for what is just

I am asking for peace so as not to burnout

I am asking for empathy to keep hurting just enough so as not to become numb

I am asking for deeper love so that I stay connected to my siblings, creation

You

May I live my prayer today, our prayer

For peace, justice, love, freedom

For all your people

ALL.YOUR.CREATION.

Amen.


Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks (she/her/hers/ella) is a queer womanist freedom fighter gratefully (though not always gracefully) serving as executive director of A Just Harvest, Senior Pastor at San Lucas UCC, and adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary. She is a joyful contributor in the upcoming book “Words of Her Mouth.


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