Daily Devotion – November 22, 2017

Ezekiel 34:11-12


  1. For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.
  1. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.


Reflection by Darlene Wagner


I understand that Ezekiel’s message is to the Jewish diaspora in Babylon. The prophet presents the Divine promise of return to their homeland. Yet, I struggle to find any meaning beyond this scripture’s historical context. This past Monday evening, I presented the names of 278 Transgender, Gay, and Gender-nonconforming people murdered simply for living openly and proudly. Where was the loving, Divine Shepherd for these individuals? Many promises in scripture seem hollow when my sisters and brothers suffer familial rejection, unemployment, homelessness, imprisonment, and violent death.

As we struggle in this war-zone of a society, where is our Divine Protector? I cannot live by faith; Rather, I live by personal experiences which have taught me to hope, to sing, and to pray. My hopes, songs, and prayers center upon a gentle, loving Goddess from the ancient world. Tolerant antiquity hints at a safer future for my community.


Hymn to Divine Mother interceding on behalf of Trans Community


Goddess Unnameable, of Thee I pray,

Breathe in my sister’s lives, your healing grace.

Hold each close every hour, in this dark, fearing world

Comfort each hurting heart against poison words.

Mother of moon and stars, joys through dark nights,

Sisters and brothers all, live for justice light.

Within our bodies burns, life’s-breath which will not fade.

Your gift no violent hand nor prison can break!


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