Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else … Galatians 6:14

God who gives pride
to those who have been discounted —
raising up a rainbow of people
at the Pride Parade,

I give thanks for my church —
we came dressed as the orange
for today’s rainbow,
and for the teenagers wrapped
in flags with so many stripes,
and glitter on their faces,
for the three buses full of folks
from an assisted living community,
celebrating what they could not
in their days of youth,
for babies in strollers
whose parents want them to grow
to be more who they are
and compassionate to all.

I give thanks for James Baldwin
and Marsha Johnson,
for Harvey Milk and Audre Lord,
for Sylvia Rivera and George Takei,
for Bayard Rushton,
and so many more.
I give thanks
for heroes of Stonewall
fifty-years ago,
and I weep for
every year’s trans martyrs.
May they never be forgotten.

God, the Leftist Marching Band
is coming by,
and you are dancing with us
in the street. amen.
(photo Pride parade, Portsmouth NH)

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2 Responses to Pride

  1. Jessica McArdle says:

    This reflection is both poignant and joyous, Maren. In particular, I love how you integrated the text from Galatians as concerns – “God gives pride to those who have been discounted…” Bless you!

  2. Maren says:

    I actually found this translation on a Billy Graham website, which gave me clandestine pleasure.

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