God, we pray today in thanksgiving
for all who are called forth like Lazarus,
born again like Nicodemus,
take off armor that does not fit them, like David,
more than a year caring
for a beautiful body, like Esther,
and, dressed for the street,
yet carrying a water jug,
go among us all like the one who led Jesus
to the Upper Room.
These are your new creation,
and their true being cannot be taken away.
Now we weep, weep, weep,
for those murdered this year,
their lives taken from those who love them,
their future gifts taken from all of us.
We weep, weep, weep,
that in the year
of the unintentional dying by a virus,
human has killed human,
your holy Image in your child,
denied and destroyed.
Gentle Potter, hold these who have died
by violent transphobia in your hands.
Break those of us living
at your wheel, and, moistened by your weeping,
mold us into love. amen