A Prayer

1/14/2021
A prayer from Rev. Victoria Safford

Prayer from Victoria

For those coming in-
May you be protected from harm
as you take your oaths of office.
May there be no violence, no injury, no death.

(An unthinkable prayer, suddenly required.)

May all be protected from harm
as you take your oaths of office.
May no one else die or be injured.

(What prayer could possibly suffice?)

May you,
and all who are far more vulnerable than you,
all who’ve been in harm’s way, in hate’s way, all along
be held safe through these days,
so your work may begin,
which is our work as well,
and has been all along,
and will be for the rest of our lives:
the holy, hard work of repair.

And for the one leaving -
Just go.

(Do I want you brought to justice? Yes, of course – no mercy there.)

But just go.
May whatever broke, whenever it did, within your damaged soul,
mend,
and damage you,
and damage us
- the entire world -
no more.

Amen.

swearingin