God, you granted humans agency when your breath entered our lungs,
Nudge us to exercise our voice in a myriad of ways-
In pulpits and rallies,
In newspapers and blog posts,
And as we vote.
God, pour wisdom upon us so that it soaks through every part of our soul.
May our minds be focused as we select our new leaders
And make sense of the issues on which we vote.
Give all poll workers the energy and clarity as they endure the long days-
Handing out ballots,
May the outcomes be ones which benefit the masses
Gifting a better quality of life for our neighbors.
As we navigate our unpredictable world,
May the safety of all of us prevail as we enter the voting booths.
May we think of our siblings who risked their lives to attain the right to vote
And let us not take this gift for granted.
All of us working together-
Loving our neighbors as ourselves and dreaming as we vote-
Will create a new heaven-like earth.
The Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the Pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Old Blue Rock Road in Cincinnati. Her essay “Always a Pastor, Never the Bride” was in the RevGalBlogPals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She also has chapters in the books Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy and A Child Laughs: Prayers for Justice and Hope. Torigian blogs at http://www.michelletorigian.com.
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