Though the system may label us by the charges laid against us
God says “you are my beloved”

Though the world may think it knows us because it’s read the newspaper headlines
God says “you are fearfully and wonderfully made”

Though people may hastily dismiss us as worthless and irredeemable
God says “i have carved you on the palm of my hand”

God knows us better than we could even know ourselves,
and holds onto us with fierce love

so in that faith, we are able to name all we have done, all we have betrayed, and all we have destroyed…

In this place of faith we are assured of God’s forgiveness
in this place of grace, we are promised God’s love
in this place of hope, we are offered God’s company
as we begin to live again.