Our Parent God,

When Jesus taught us to pray “thy kin-dom come on earth” could it be because he knew the hell we would experience? Was it meant as a “go to” to ground us when all hell is breaking loose on earth? A way to conjure up a bit of heaven – calling on it to rain down and put out the burning fires of death, hate, pain and despair…?

Am I reaching too far, God?

I don’t know. But just in case, please Abba, Mother God, “thy kin-dom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

It is times up for the devil and hell has had its way for much too long now!!!




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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