Pride 2019

God the Father was there
in the earth she created
the sun on this summer day,
solstice, the river warm,
all the bright people,
the old and the young.

The wind blowing through the flags
making the rainbows dance,
breezes a-skimming the shining blue water,
we felt her surrounding us,
sweet Holy Spirit
this day in the park.

Of course we met Jesus
our brother, our savior,
we met him in old ones,
in young ones,
in scared ones,
in jubilant celebrants
of who we are.

But mostly, we felt him
embracing us warmly,
holding us graciously
telling us we are loved
we are glorious
we are cared for
we are precious
we are perfect
who we are is all that matters
being us, being seen, being proud.
Jesus found us
in the arms of the women
wearing shirts that said

All around us, we found God
in the park, on this solstice
with the people, by the river
in the welcome, with the warmth
in the love, in the love, in the love.

Photo: Living Local by WAVY. “Pride on the Peninsula” event at Carousel Park in Hampton in 2018. WAVY Photo, Taylor O’Bier