A few weeks ago, one of the ministers at my church used a pastoral prayer that was like a beam of light coming straight for me. I asked her for a copy, and I've been carrying it around with me ever since. It's adapted from several prayers written by the poet, theologian, and social justice crusader Theodore Loder, and it encapsulates everything I love about my church: activism, radical hospitality, unbounded love for God's creation.
So here it is, the prayer in my pocket and in my heart today and all days. Maybe it will stir something in you, too. The word "kindom," by the way, isn't an error - it's a beautiful reworking of the idea of a kingdom to mean a community of brothers and sisters united as one. As my oldest daughter says, "God is in the face of everyone I see, right, Mom?" Yes, God is.