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The Resistance Prays

November 22, 2018
By Rev. Perry Dixon

Today's Top Story
Vox shares "The thrill of watching Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bring her whole self to Congress."

"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking us along as she cooks mac and cheese and talks about politics, as she geeks out wandering the halls of Congress, an institution that feels far away to so many Americans. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim women elected to the House, are posting pictures together and bonding. Ayanna Pressley’s video of her sobbing after finding out she won her primary election went viral. Sharice Davids is gushing over meeting heroes like Rep. John Lewis. 

"And by taking us along, through Instagram stories admitting they had to look up words like 'franking privilege' — meaning the privilege to send mail without a postage stamp — during a briefing, through captioning group pictures with #PeopleLikeUs, they’re showing that we don’t have to change ourselves for these institutions. It’s time the institutions changed."
Scripture 
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings [Congresswomen] and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity [and as we also seek justice for the poor and working classes]. - 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Thankful for the Inspiration of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Act
We must support Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, sharing her inspiration and encouraging respect for her among the mainstream media however we can. 

We must also support the young women among us for whom she is carving a path not in the distant future, but right now.

American politics are not just trash: they are violent and chaotic for so many who have been oppressed and disenfranchised, yet have maintained hope against all evidence available to us.

This Thanksgiving, we give thanks for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: for the work she will do, for the work she is already doing, and for the movement she is inspiring in our midst.
Pray
Loving God, thank you for hope and for the opportunity to share time with those whom we love. Give us the strength to midwive a new creation and new earth, where justice transforms our politics from violence into compassion, from scarcity and fear into abundance and love. Be with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, remind her that we are with her no matter how difficult the road ahead, and be with each and every politician who has bravely entered the fray for the sake of those depending on them. Amen.
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