Prayer for Freedom
Rev. Douglas Taylor
Gracious and Loving God, from Whom all things come and to Whom all things return
We give thanks this morning for the opportunity to again gather as a people of faith in search together for comfort and meaning and a path toward justice.
Some of us here today have barely made it through the week. Life has been hard and we need the presence and prayers of good people and of thee to sustain us on our journeys.
Some of us here today have arrive excited and curious, looking for new ideas and new opportunities to connect and to build something good and beautiful.
Some of us here today have heavy hearts for the suffer happening just beyond our front doors, for the poor, the immigrant, the incarcerated, the disenfranchised and disempowered.
We gather this morning as Unitarian Universalists seeking freedom and liberation for ourselves and for all people. We gather to be co-creators of a sacred space together guided by the deep values of our faith.
We recognize that a faith like ours needs to be enacted it needs to be lived in action.
We know that freedom for one of us needs the freedom of all of us. That the freedom of our faith community needs the freedom of all the faith communities
We hear how our own cries for relief amid our struggles as individuals sounds very much like the cry made by the immigrants who build this city years ago, and the immigrants who continue to show up today. It is the same cry from people incarcerated & dying in our county jail. It is the same cry from our transgender siblings and from people of color and from the poor and from all those abused and marginalized by our society today.
People like you and me, and people seemingly rather unlike you or me, all crying the same cry for relief from the sufferings we each experience.
Hear our cries, oh God, be with us in our difficulties.
Help us to find the courage to face the continuing injustices of our days.
Help us to reach out from our own heartache and become partners in the transformation of our world.
Help us to know, despite the messy complexity of life, that we do not struggle alone, that liberation is possible, and that hope is a powerful response in the face of what seems impossible.
Be thou an ever-present strength on the journey, O God.
In the name of all that is holy,
May it be so.