“…to praise God joyfully with a loud voice.” (Luke 19:37) O God, this is a prayer for all those who feel they do not have a voice, A prayer for those who have been silenced, A prayer for those who have forgotten their voice, A prayer for those who feel limited, inhibited, self-conscious, afraid To embrace who they are, to embrace who you created them to be, To embrace you. O God, you give us the capacity to use our voice And to find joyous expression. Let us help others discover this capacity. And let us find and use our voice as well. Amen.