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A Prayer for Michael Sam

A Prayer for Michael Sam

Ever since yesterday’s NFL draft, in which Michael Sam became the league’s first openly gay draft pick, I have thought about how to support Michael in his vocation as a professional football player and ambassador for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered athletes. Though I do not know you, Michael, you are in my prayers this day:

Holy God, you call us to do the works of Christ who came to live among us in love as a servant. Our true call is to be transformed into his likeness. As Michael Sam begins his new job in the National Football League, grant him wisdom and skill, so that the work of his hands may bring him satisfaction. Help Michael to be faithful, honest, and fair with those who labor beside him, and let them be so with him. May he glorify you in all he does, through Christ whose life emptied out brings us to rest in your love. Amen.

If you would like to add your own prayer for our brother Michael, I encourage you to tweet your prayers this evening and join my prayer on Twitter @episcopalcafe

Weston Mathews

Virginia Theological Seminary

Class of 2014

Alexandria, VA


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Christopher Johnson

I live in the St. Louis area and I haven’t noticed any protests against Mike here. If there ever are any, they’ll be small because nobody here cares all that much.

Mike will get a chance but that’s all he’ll get. If he gets cut, it won’t be because he’s gay. And if he makes the team, he won’t play all that much.


Here’s another way to show support for Sam:

Petition text:

“The hateful comments directed at Michael Sam and the St. Louis Rams do not represent the views of millions of Christians and run counter to Jesus’ message of love and acceptance. We support you and encourage you to continue standing strong for a league where players are judged based on their ability, not who they love.”

JC Fisher

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