Royal FlowerGod, sometimes it is hard to pray

Perhaps that’s why those earlier followers asked Jesus to teach them to pray

Perhaps that’s why Jesus laid it out:

Our Creator God, who is above all things

We call on your name God and ask that you bring your full power into this moment, into our very beings, allowing it to ground us, surround us, and lead us

Equip us and fill us with all that we need so that we might offer our full and best selves in this day, committed to right relationship with all of creation

And when we don’t get it right, please grant us your grace and we will be sure to extend the same to others, so that no matter what we face, no matter what we endure—we will not give in to hate, apathy, violence and death.

Sovereign God, you call us into beloved community, gathering us all to yourself.
We belong to you, now and forever. Love will win! 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 newly released book “Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle.


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