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the Body Politic
Vol. 6, No. 1 - January 1996, Page 10
Copyright © 1997 by the Body Politic Inc.

A Pro-Choice Prayer

C reator and Source of Life, we stand humbly before the majesty and miracle of all life and offer our prayers of reconciliation, of hope and of peace. We seek to heal the wounds of hatred and misunderstanding, of intolerance and fear.

We honor the life that has been given us and treasure its preciousness, fragility. We know its tenuous time upon the earth. We do not claim to know the Will of God, nor to speak in the name of creation. We speak only to our experience, our faith, our belief on the sacred and holy nature of humanity -- indeed of all that is.

We stand today as witness to the rights, the dignity, the ability of all people to follow the path their faith has shown them to take. We represent many faiths, many paths to the truths of sacredness and holiness. We respond to the call to be faithful to our chosen paths. We vision God in many different forms, we call God by many different names. But we all honor the call sent forth. We do the same as we honor the different calls women and men, alone and as families, choose to follow as they face the sacred and holy response to bring forth a child upon this earth.

If we were perfect, as divinity is perfect, our choices would be perfect. But we are not God. We are not perfect. Nature and humans err. Protection fails in love-making, cells go terribly wrong and we who stand at a distance cannot judge the decision or the response of another. There is pain and loss, dreams are put aside and compassion is called forth. As a clergy for choice, I stand before you and creation in humble reverence amid such loss and offer tolerance, understanding, compassion and love.

I stand before you in demonstrating my support for Choice, for Planned Parenthood, for reconciliation with all the brokenness that life brings to each of us.

To honor the faith traditions gathered here I ask each of you to join with me in a time of silent prayer as you each seek within the expression of your personal prayers.

Let us join our hearts and our minds, and our spirits in this prayer of hope and understanding.

May we each resolve, before our God and before one another, to follow the words spoken by one of my colleagues -- that though I cannot do everything, I can do something, and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

We can each be tolerant and understanding of differences in belief. We can each give comfort and compassion to another who is suffering. We can each offer the hand and the hope of reconciliation to those who give us hatred and intolerance. We can each stand in honest reverence before our God and offer thanks for all life.

So be it.

Rev. Elizabeth M. Strong

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