Lord of Mixed Emotions, thank you for knowing. Thank you for knowing where we hurt, what we fear, what we dread, and what makes us sing. It's a strange day, Lord, the day after many of your children sighed deep sighs of relief, and cried out to you with gratitude -- thank you for being with us, for hearing us -- for it would have been way too awful if Derek Chauvin had not been convicted of the wrong that was plain as day. It's a strange day, though, for many of us are not convinced that locking anyone up will change anything. "He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free." You read those words right out loud, Jesus. Your Truth and Love is also plain as day. And so it seems we have ended up at the foot of Your cross, laying down our swords and shields and offering you our grief and groans smack in the middle of Eastertide. Holy Liberator, who holds our sorrows and joys, and tends to our broken hearts and broken systems and teaches about True Justice, thank you for changing the bandages on our wounds, and swirling us back into the dance. Thank you for leading the joyful revolution. God Who Knows Our Pain, we are desperate here and still trying hard to gain our sight, to set prisoners free -- to create a world, with you, where all the oppressed are really liberated. We are crying, and we are smiling. Holy Liberator, Your children are dying and we know this madness will only end if we work with you, through you, and you thorough us. And we thank you for hearing our desperate cries for life, for Mama, for equity, justice, mercy and restoration. Fierce Spirit, Help us to listen to your fierce whisper. Help us to respond with courage and love. Stir the flames in our hearts, ignite our hope, inspire our action, and guide our steps, no matter the struggle, no matter the complications. You are The Way, we are your children made up of mixed emotion. We pray you help us heal and change ourselves and this slanted society so that all know your love and justice-- so we see ordinary resurrections and dance with joy and wonder, seeing all the freedom. We pray this through You, the power of Oneness, as beloved community, with trust and love, in you, our Lord Who Knows. Amen. Alleluia.
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