When it’s been an uphill journey
When it’s sure been a long way comin’
When it’s been real hard every step of the way
May you believe that your change is come
May you discover the joys of receiving R-E-S-P-E-C-T
May you go ridin’ on the freeway of love, wind against your back
May you always feel natural — be it a natural woman, a natural man, or naturally gender fluid or non-binary
May you never be treated badly by a chain of fools
May you not falter when the river is deep.
May you still believe when the mountain is high.
May you prove unstoppable when the the valley is low.
May you always know the love of God is there waiting for you.
Stop trying to be
Someone you’re not
Let your mind go, let yourself be free
Because where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is
Freedom (freedom), freedom (freedom)
Freedom, oh freedom
We are connected, you and I
And oh, how you are loved
Together, forever, that’s how it must be
To live without you
Would only mean heartbreak for me
Your time has come to shine
All of your dreams are on their way
See how they shine?
And if you ever need a friend
Look around, we’re sailing right behind
Saying a little prayer for you.
Go in peace.
Emily Swan and Ken Wilson are co-pastors of Blue Ocean Faith, Ann Arbor, a progressive, inclusive church. Visit us at solusjesus.com.