God of all times and temperatures- we abide with you in all seasons and weather conditions.

But seriously God, does it need to be this cold in the Northwest Hemisphere???

Each move that my muscles make requires more energy than I’m willing to invest. The dropping degrees are nagging at my joints. If I could just stay in bed for a little while longer…

Yet I ready myself for work in this new year.

And as I open the door to my car and begin to start my engines, I discover the fuel lines are frozen.

God, there is much work to accomplish for you today. I’m not moving very fast, and my tools are hibernating. So may my muscles, my joints, my fuel lines, my soul, and everything else affected by these dropping temperatures feel the warmth of your Spirit.

(And for my neighbors south of the equator: may you not need a prayer like this in six months. If you do, may God’s radiating Spirit keep you warm in July’s winter. And may this prayer find you.)

Amen .

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

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