To help our church experience “Jesus prayed for children,” our theme for Sunday 9/16/2018, high school sophomore Kieran, our youth rep on the Missional Logistics Team, brought us this prayer.
Church, cross your arms in a shield (Wakanda Forever) position, but put your head down in a position of cowering.
O Guardian of The Galaxies, our Superman and Wonder Woman, we cower behind these shields, scared of what the future holds. Whether it may be the world binding us to its standards, or being taken out by a gun in our own apartment, we have seen what many generations before us have not. Learning AR-15s instead of ABC’s, fences instead of freedom, hands behind back instead of hands on the wheel, the things that fly past us are deadly. We turn away, seeking a defense from all this injustice.
Church, bring your right arm up, fist clenched with righteous anger.
But be warned, we are a fighting generation. We won’t go gently into the night. We won’t snap under pressure. We will rage with righteous anger towards all these injustices, these obstacles in the path towards true liberation. Towards true justice, as the moral arc of the universe bends. We are a hopeful and helpful generation, never taking no for an answer. We are tired of these age-old, rigid, unfair ways; and desiring a change that truly benefits everyone and everything for the world. We will avenge those whose lives have been taken for our cause. And we will hold each other’s hands, close our eyes, bow our heads, and protect our hearts, as we pray what the Watcher above told us two millennia ago…
Church, bring your hands to your heart in a posture of devotion.
Our Mother-Father, who art in heaven…
Amen, and ashe.