There has been quite a lot of writing going around social media regarding the seven banned words of the CDC. Now, to be fair, it isn't a literal ban. It is just a ban on words the CDC thinks will sink funding. The words are fetus, transgender, diversity, vulnerable, science-based, evidence-based, and entitlement. (WaPo) The creative responses of poetry and memes has been beautiful to see.
Today, I offer to you, a prayer written by Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, theologian in residence at All Souls Church Unitarian.
A CHRISTMAS PRAYER WITH SEVEN WORDS
We remember the Magi,
Observers of stars,
Who found their way to kneel before a baby.
May we, too, kneel before life’s intricate mysteries
Following the path of science-based searchers for truth
We remember Mary,
Birth-mother of a revolutionary prophet
The fetus in her womb a surprise,
Her choice a decision to magnify her hope,
The birth difficult,
Attended by a beautiful diversity of animals,
And a rag-tag gathering of vulnerable people.
May we too, kneel at the cradle of earth’s dreams for peace
And dedicate ourselves to revolutionary love.
We remember Joseph,
Who embraced the baby as his own
Believing that every child has a God-given entitlement to love and care.
May we too, stand by the women and children of this world
When patriarchal privilege and power threaten their freedom
And put their well-being at risk.
We remember the Angels
Singing in a cold night to the over-taxed poor,
Promising peace and goodwill to all.
May we echo their song in acts of solidarity and justice
For all souls—refugee souls, green souls, disabled souls,
Black souls, young souls, transgender souls.
May we join the bold, holy movement
To bring heaven to earth.
May the Morning Star brighten our hope for a new day,
And may laughter strengthen all our prayers. AMEN
-- Prayer offered on December 17, 2017 by Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, Theologian in Residence, All Souls Church Unitarian,
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