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Prayer for the Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

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Sep 19, 2011

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Silence, chosen, deepens prayer, opens the window of the soul.
Silence, imposed, denies the truth of life.

Dear One, God of Love,

On this 20th Day of September, 2011, we give thanks for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, a life-denying prison of silence.

We celebrate with the GLBT men and women who serve our nation who may now speak about home and hearth, love and sorrow without fear of reprisal.

We celebrate every step towards justice, and today is a leap!

Imagine this: two soldiers stand together, hearts turned towards home in the dawning hours of the morning. She carries the burden of waiting for lab results which will reveal whether her spouse Joy has breast cancer. He imagines his partner Mark dressing their small son for his first day of school, aching to be present for this life passage. Yesterday they could not speak of such things and keep their jobs, but today they shyly open up to one another, testing the waters of a new freedom. Something twisted and gnarled inside each of them relaxes, smooths out, and a life friendship is born in their shared tears and hopes.

We pray that the fate of DADT will lead to the overwhelming of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, which continues to perpetuate unequal access to marriage recognition and benefits.

Though the road has been paved with pain, we give thanks for those who refused to be silenced, and left a life in the military that they cherished. May no one be forced again to choose between love and truth, and fulfilling a call to service.

You who are Truth and Beauty, shine upon us all, make us wise and open-hearted. In the name of Love we pray.

Amen.

The Rev. Sarah Lammert
Director of Ministries and Faith Development

2 Responses to “Prayer for the Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

  1. Laurel says:

    Thank you for this beautiful prayer, Rev. Lammert. While this day is one for celebration for LGB people, we shouldn’t forget that it is a bitter-sweet day for transgender and transsexual people because even with DADT repeal, they are still barred from serving in the US military.

    Please join me and thousands more for A Moment of Silence for Trans Service Members today at the time and place of your choosing. Let’s celebrate how far we’ve cone without forgetting that we still have farther to go to end LGBT discrimination in the military http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=257492897611441

  2. christian reinhardt says:

    Thank you Sarah! What a wonderful prayer…so glad to see your expression of love and caring to a much bigger
    “congregation”! We love you!

    Christian, Marijan & Zora

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