Considering a Decision

Loving God of Justice and of Mercy;

Show us when to shake the dust from our feet in Your Name, turning our backs on hypocrisy and oppression, shame and abuse,
And when to stay, invited to be transformed through your limitless healing.

Show us how to love those who answer both calls, to respect their obedience to you.

Give us the integrity to act and speak at all times only as you bid us, not as we, led by ego and insecurity, might do.

And in the midst of discernments, teach us to love both the shaming and the shamed, the abuser and the abused, knowing that each of us is both.


  1. Marianne1:04 PM

    Wow. So THIS is what real prayer sounds like. Amazing. If only I had grown up with such poetic vigour, I might still be a person of faith.

    Go get 'em, Mrs. M. ;-)

  2. That is one heavy prayer. Thank you for this.

  3. Marianne, you ARE a person of faith. It's just articulated differently.

    And Mindy-- it IS heavy. And I wrote it for one situation, and then realized it was just as apt for another. *sigh*

    Jane and Kim, thanks for lifting your prayers with mine.

  4. peace my friend. May Wisdom be with us.

  5. Prayers, Di. And thanks again for this one.


"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was."
-Saint Molly Ivins