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God who yearns for our joy,
Spaces are designed to bring about bliss,
To allow people to express their authentic selves,
Where laughter and song and delight are welcomed.

In the midst of festivity,
This space was compromised.
Songs of expression and joy were silenced.

May your peaceย which transcends understanding
Soothe the hearts that hurt today.
May comfort find a way to rise above trauma.

Let us not be afraid to go about our lives.
Even in the midst of shadow-filled valleys-
And shopping malls and schools and concerts
And dance clubs and restaurants-
You are with us.

Instead, let us resiliently resume our dancing.
Let us sing louder.
Let us speak out voices with determination.
You celebrate us as we find our mirth once again.

Amen.

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The Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the Pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Old Blue Rock Road in Cincinnati. Her essay โ€œAlways a Pastor, Never the Brideโ€ was in the RevGalBlogPals book Thereโ€™s a Woman in the Pulpit. Torigian blogs at www.michelletorigian.com.

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