gated flower

God, we can’t even remember what day it is

These times still seem so surreal

A pandemic

Constant political unrest

A Black man shot down while jogging

Babies in cages

Yet we still sing, “It is well with my soul…”

Willing it.

Believing it.

Working to make it so.

But how can it be?

How can our hearts not break daily?

Wait, what day is it?

This is the day that God has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it

One more day to do justice

One more day to love and show kindness

One more day to forgive and seek mercy

Thank you, God, for one more day

Thank you, God, for the beauty that refuses to go unnoticed…

…for Sophia running free, freeing us from all of the mess

Thank you, God, for a love that refuses to die

Amen, selah and ashé


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 newly released book “Words of Her Mouth.


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