Thankful for John’s words!
Little girls (and not so little),
we do so want to affirm and celebrate
that God created you wondrously
in God’s own image
with unique gifts for your part in our world’s story.
And we want to say (to be able to say)
that all doors are open to you—
while not dismissing the challenges you face—
the ways in which our world
closes doors in your face—
or makes it difficult for you to walk through some of them.
I know! Can you believe it?
We acknowledge with grief:
the widespread discrimination of systems
that do not benefit or include all,
the all too common prejudice of small visions,
the recurrent fear of the fullness of your power,
the prevalent objectification of your person
by those who use people as means to their own ends,
the frequent dismissal of your potential
by those too insecure of their own,
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