By Amy Pedersen, St. Louis Protester and Writer. #BlackLivesMatter
Father of both our ancestors and of generations to come,
Your gifts are too precious and Your love too vast.
Bless this daughter on temporary loan from You, her true Father.
May she be bold,
knowing that the world rewards boldness with heartache.
May she be hopeful,
Knowing that hope is as delicate as eggshells, and just as easily shattered,
And may she live her life with an open heart,
knowing full well that cynicism is easier, apathy is safer, and an open heart invites others to break it.
May she be humbled by the night sky and by the kindness of strangers.
May she speak the truth even when it kicks her in the teeth.
And may she help stitch back together the torn fabric of the universe the only way anyone can,
painfully and with her own heartstrings.
May she plunge her hands deep into the bloody wounds of others’ lives
May she get in too deep for her own good
and follow You, even into the dead ends and dangerous corners of our world,
bringing with her nothing but her two hands and Your love.
May You give her eyes to see the Truth clearly
and a heart both tender enough to be broken by what she sees
and tough enough to keep looking.
And may she stand confidently on Your Word
even as her skin blisters and the world crumbles around her faltering feet.
May she learn to apologize deeply and fully for her wrongs
and may she never feel the need to apologize for herself.
May she live the resurrection in her heart each day
and, when she falls,
may she fall, blindly and unafraid, into the arms of Your Love.
Amy is a freelance writer who lives, works, and goes to church in St. Louis, Missouri. She is honored to be able to help and serve in the fight against racism and inequality in her community.