There is so much to pray for, yet today I simply say thank you

There is so much need, yet today I simply say thank you

There is so much despair and devastation, yet today I simply say thank you

There is so much hate and fear, yet today I simply say thank you

Thank you, God, for a new day and a new opportunity to do my part

Thank you for breath in my body and for my beating heart, reminding me that, “It ain’t over yet!”

Thank you for your spirit that reminds me that I am not alone

Today I declare with the songwriter that, “Every day is a day of thanksgiving!”

And so, with deep gratitude, I simply say thank you, Oh God, for your love and grace

Thank you for your power and presence in each moment

And for your care and knowing…knowing even when I cannot utter a word

Thank you, God.



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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