Footy prayer

afl womensJulie Perrin watched the AFL Women’s match at Princes Park along with other Uniting Church ministers. She offers the following prayer to commemorate the start of the historic league. You can read more of her reflections in this blog post on her website.

Loving God, Holy One,

We praise you for redemptive moments

when that which could not be

comes into being,

old longings find expression

past impediments dissolve.

 

In the midst of our distress, alarm and anger

At so much of the politics of this new age

We praise you for women’s footy;

for the fresh winds of change blowing through us

as young women stream onto the football field.

 

We delight in their strength and determination,

Their fitness and fearlessness.

We raise our voices with the crowds

marveling at the leaping and grabbing and kicking,

the artful dodging and ducking, the thwack of tackling.

We are glad of young women’s claim on a place in the field.

 

Great God we thank you,

that the place of green grass, long running and tall white goal posts;

a place that has become holy for many,

where so often our community has gathered,

is now a holy place that can be shared more widely

with women and men both joining the teams.

 

We pray for people who feel on the outside of life

Unable, unwanted, ignored,

Give us ears to hear our own and others’ pain and possibility

Give us all grace to rejoice in this new horizon for new generations.

And as we witness and experience that call to courage

Help us to know more deeply

How to hold the gifts and graces in our own lives

That they too may become a joy and strength to others.

 

Julie Perrin
February 2017

 

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