For A House We All Can Live In: A Prayer for Disability Pride Month
God of creativity-
of diversity, multiplicity, and accessibility,
You say in your house are many rooms.
You build a space where all can dwell
and live exactly as who we are-
So forgive us for the ways that your Church
has shut out and shut in-
for making barriers to your presence,
forging walls to togetherness,
creating hierarchies of bodies and minds,
and building environments that are disabling.
Help us co-create with you
a house that welcomes the fullness of our selves.
Inspire creativity for universal design
marked not just by widened doors and ramped walkways,
but also widened language and open processes.
Give us fortitude to build spaces
that are physically accessible and psychologically safe-
welcoming of neurodiversity,
acknowledging the wholeness of who we are,
our complete need for each other,
and every gift we bring.
May your way of Shalom-
in which every kind of mind, body, and spirit
are honored as valuable and good-
be made manifest in our world,
so that all your children have room to flourish.