Father, Maker, and Designer of all
Seen and unseen things,
You created us in our mother’s womb
With purpose and longings.
You designed us to fit together
So that two may become one,
In a miraculous display
Of Your love and the pursuit of Your people.
Nothing can erase the works of Your hands.
Nothing can delete what is true.
Who can separate us from Your Love?
Not even death could contain it. Selah
In the beginning, all was good,
Except that man should be alone.
Creation was not complete without a woman.
Then, and only then, was it done. You rested.
Forgive us, then, for devaluing
Your most precious creation.
Turn our society from its foolish efforts
To erase what was essential to Your design.
We remember Jesus’ radical love for women,
And we ask that the same spirit may rest in us,
That we may remember their intrinsic and unique
Value in all of creation – no other creature compares.
We pray against efforts to erase womanhood
In misguided attempts to erase the beauty and diversity of Your design,
To impose draconian, monochrome rules that
Put our daughters, sisters, and mothers under peril.
Give us loving words to communicate
The allure and potency of nature.
Give us the courage to speak authentically
And compassionately in all things.
In the holy name of Christ, we pray,