There is a thickness in the air

Maybe it is the change in season

Or the global memory of breath stolen

Life stolen

And, yet, so much still hasn’t changed

There is a weariness in the air

Maybe it is the dawn of the 15th month

Or the anticipation of what is to come

Will it be normal?

What is normal?

There is hope in the air

Maybe it is the movement of Sophia

Or the powerful energy of a renewed communal spirit

We are a Resurrection People!

We are a Pentecost People!

There is love in the air

Maybe it is the warmth of an embrace under the sun

Or the healing properties of a smile

We are love.

We are beloved.

In all things, as the day moves towards night

as all of our “maybes” loom in the air…

We give thanks for this day.



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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