As we begin to settle in for the night

We give thanks for this day

smiles along the way, steps towards justice on the journey

We ask for forgiveness for love withheld or moments of othering

allowing fear to lead and insecurities to distract

As we surrender for the night

We pray for those without a place to rest or food to eat

We pray for those who are incarcerated or isolated and alone

We pray for girls who have been snatched from families and villages

We pray for children taken from their families and unaccounted for

We pray for loved ones dying alone

We pray for the unknown

We pray

and we rest

Trusting in your care, God

Knowing that tomorrow the work of prayerful action continues

Amen and amen

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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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