I want to pray for you and affirm
As the ashes have just been smudged
On your forehead
And we feel a little fragile these days
With war, and pandemic and climate change
And transphobia and homophobia
And all the Ableism
And all the hate—
So much hate that it’s bitter on our tongues
And it polluted the air we breathe
And we can feel it—
trying to X us out of existence
Because hate hurts all of us;
Even as it tricks the hater into feeling powerful.
But anyway I’m praying that you..
Yes you, know that you
Are created in the image of God
Exactly as you are.
With all of your so called flaw
Remember that our God is
Manifold, and that they
Love multiplicity and variety
And invented rainbows
And microbes we can’t even see—
So trust me, and be affirmed
Even in, especially in your fragility
That you are known, created and beloved
By God, exactly as your are
And take their blessings I’m your heart I pray.
Feel free to use/share/adapt with credit to Pastor Katy Stenta