Prayer for May 25, 2021

God, I hold my breath
and pray for George Floyd’s family,
not today’s newsfeed
telling me about the meaning of his death,

until I cannot stand it.

I hold my breath
and pray for George Floyd’s friends.
not my memories of marches,
not details of the trial,

until I see little spots.

I hold my breath
and pray for mamas everywhere,
not how policing has changed
or where it is worse,
not about racism and my part in it,

until I snort, all snotty and ugly.

I hold my breath and pray again
for Black mamas and their children.

Help me tomorrow, God,
to begin breathing
for something that matters. amen.

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7 Responses to Prayer for May 25, 2021

  1. Amen, my friend. You offered me an insightful and scathing reminder that it matters what we pray for. It matters that we can breathe, deeply breathe. It matters that Spirit breath helps us make it through shadows of unrest. Thank you.

    • Maren says:

      You are so welcome. I would not normally say that my COPD is a gift, but it is the source of my embodied knowing of this, as your vulnerabilities have opened you to so much.

  2. dabar96 says:

    For breath worth taking, and the courage to take it, not merely to keep my body alive, but to use it for justice! Yes, Lord; this!

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  4. rosalisali@aol.com says:

    Maren,   Your poem…I have no words…a faint breath or two aerosoled with sadness. Mark

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