Dear God Sometimes I wish you were in the business of giving the kind of blessings that would protect us from the vulnerability of being human. No more painful emotions, no more suffering, no more conflict, no more prejudice. I hear your promise of salvation, that there will be no more crying, no more death,… Read More
As we cry out for the end to violence all around us May we seek to address the violence within us As we demand justice from leaders and systems May we ensure that our actions are just As we declare love as the answser May we seek to ground our work and lives in love… Read More
Sower of Seeds,
come to us.
Are you sleeping?
Do you not see
what is being sown among us? Read More
When I was a psychiatric chaplain one of my favorite groups to lead with patients was on assessing the shape we are in. I would put multiple colors of Model Magic on the table and ask people to choose a color based on their current feelings. Then I would ask them to create a shape… Read More
Socially distancing with my daughter Holy One, You are not distant. You are present and listening. And though I long for worship gatherings and hugs and coffee hour… for leisurely shopping sprees, and errands and to-do lists… I long for You more. For a sense of Your abiding love wrapping me in a cocoon of… Read More
Stopping midday midweek amidst the noise in the middle of work or play or nothing Stopping to pray and to say thank you and to remember your faithfulness and to reach for your promise and to make an offering Praying for relief Praying for healing Praying for resources to care for the most vulnerable Praying… Read More
Elections Illnesses [Un]natural disasters Policing Racism Transphobia Anti-Blackness Patriarchy Anti-Immigrant …this and more … …has me playing the theme song from “Harriet” on repeat this Wednesday, O God. And praying, praying, praying… But I know that this is not enough So I am asking for energy to keep standing up I am asking for courage… Read More
In the fear of the LORD, we pray for a root — merely a root, buried deep — that we might hope for the blooming of peace. In the wonder of the LORD, we pray for a child — for every child among us — to tame the lions and asps within us to be… Read More
God we come ready to listen waiting to hear Your still speaking voice Send Your Spirit to fall afresh on us To break open those closed places in our hearts And soften those hardened places in our souls And heal those troubled places in our minds So that we might hear You above the noise… Read More
Praying, praying, praying… for peace for joy for healing for justice for love for ALL Trusting, trusting, trusting… that you hear us, Dear God and that you know what we need RIGHT NOW Amen and thank you in advance Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks (she/her/hers/ella) is a queer womanist freedom fighter, minister, spiritual entrepreneur, teacher, and… Read More