Great Love, your loveliness is signed
in every human face
with brush-strokes from your heart and mind,
and flourishes of grace.
Genetic code and social norm
are prisms of your light,
whose rainbow colors blend to form
each soul's embodied flight.
Diversity is your delight,
but human life is flawed,
and many, precious in your sight,
are out-cast and out-lawed,
and we, whom you have sought and found
in Christ, by grace alone,
enclose love's open, holy ground
with fences of our own.
Forgive and curb our itching urge
to banish and condemn
by pretext, policy and purge,
defining "us" and "them."
Let wonder flood our inmost heart,
as Christ, our joy and crown,
embraces all with healing art,
and blows our fences down.
We mix and meet, as fences fall
and fear and hurt decrease,
to work as one, and make for all
a festival of peace.
With stalls, and banners, and displays,
we honor old and young,
as every people's music plays,
and every song is sung.
Because the Word has graced our flesh,
we celebrate today
the givenness and giftedness
of lesbian, and gay,
and straight, and blended, hearing all
until we all agree,
for as we heed our Savior's call,
the Spirit sets us free.