God of Pronouns, A Prayer

O God of Pronouns,

We give Praise to the Great One

the one who is identifiable as God

“I am, what I am” you say!

The great They!

The Incarnate He and She–

the God of Trans-Being!

Impregnating Mary,

Fathering God,

Breastfeeding God of Many Mounds/Breasts*

God of Mountains and Might!

You shatter all stereotypes!

Making every single person, male and female, in your image.

Exactly in your image!

male-and-female, intersex, nonbinary,

Spectrum, rainbow God who put your promise for nonviolence

in the symbol for queer love,

before humanity knew

because you knew

who had Joseph, who could not sleep with a woman

in a beautiful lady’s cloak, perhaps of rainbow colors,

before we knew,

you knew.

God of pronouns, who said ,you can call me

he or she or they; whatever makes you feel closest to me.

Invisible and Visible God: on this day where visibility is not enough

where celebration, belovedness, affirmation and acceptance is the bare minimum

Remind us that you are the God of Pronouns,

so of course you affirm and celebrate them.

God of Saul/Paul, Jacob/Isaac, Mara/Naomi, Abram and Sarai and Abraham and Sarah–

God of Joseph of the Coat of Many Colors, of the Ethiopian Eunuch of the Virgin Mary,

God of all the found families in the Bible.

Remind us that you affirm us in our full identity: Name, Pronoun, Found Family, All of it.

And for this we give you thanks and praise, to the great I am, the great They/Them.

Thank you God!

Amen.

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*In Hebrew the word we often translate as Almighty means God of many mounds which can mean the God of many mountains (places to worship) or the God of many breasts (places to get nourishment)

Pandemic Mother’s Day Prayer: Another Kind of Mother’s Day

Another Kind of Mother’s Day

Dear God we pray for all the mother’s today.

For this is a mother’s day just like every other, yet more pronounced.

For every single one that can’t safely see their children.

For the essential working mom, who is trying to do everything, we pray that they are able to receive some care themselves.

For the mothers who are ill, we pray for peace.

For the mothers who are given the duties of motherhood–the stepmothers, Godmothers, grandmother’s, adopted mother’s, aunties, mentor-mothers and the single fathers in the world,  we pray that all of their work shines in their beloved children.

For the lonely mothers, we pray that they can receive moments of connection.

For the mothers who are stuck with their children at home, when it seems they should be launched into the world, we pray that you are able to be not just “mom” but your full differentiated self.

For the estranged families on this day, we pray that they can maintain safe boundaries and celebrate with their found families.

For the mothers who are pregnant–probably equal parts mixed excited and scared to be bringing a baby into the world–we pray they feel strong roots beneath them to carry on.

For the mothers who are caretaking–similar to how they always do, yet having to absorb all of the changes and be a buffer for their charges–we pray that your work is appreciated.

For the single mothers who are doing more by themselves than ever, we pray that you can receive support.

For all the mothers who feel overwhelmed, inadequate or stressed, we pray that you receive love.

On this just another mother’s day where everything is the same, but different, we pray for all the mothers, sons and daughters, for all the families  Close together or far apart, let us hold each and every kind of mother in prayer today.

Reminding each of member of the family that we are each a child of God, and that God longs to hug us under her wings–caring for us, feeding us and sheltering us like a Mother Hen cares for her brood. We pray for this God to shelter us in her loving arms this particular Mother’s Day through the power of the Holy Spirit we pray. Amen.

 

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Shannon A Thompson

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