Merciful God, do not turn away from me, for I am in pain. Hateful and deadly words and actions are being hurled against your LGBTQ children, while too many people stand silently by. I hold fast to your promise that you are never far from those who are suffering. Draw near -- and transform me! I mourn the ways I have strayed from love, justice, and peace, and I repent of my sin. I trust that you hear the cries of the oppressed and the downtrodden. And so, I lift up my eyes, and I give you praise. In the name of Jesus, who is no stranger to mourning. Amen.
Scripture Readings (Common English Bible)
- Sunday: Psalm 102:1-2
- Monday: Luke 8:49-56
- Tuesday: Mark 14:32-42
- Wednesday:John 10:28-44
- Thursday: Psalm 86
- Friday: 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:10
- Saturday: John 16:16-24
With those affected by legislated horror because of their gender identity or sexual orientation;
With those who lament inability to serve a church as a pastor because of whom they love;
With people of color who face micro-and-macro aggressions day in and day out;
With those who lament their decision to cross into this country because of our unjust migrant-detention policies;
With those who face threats and acts of violence because of gender, class, and race;
With the parents and children of those killed because of senseless violence.
May God use our tears to water our souls so that we can be healed. Amen.