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“My cup runneth over” may be my grandest dream for today,
But in reality
“My cup is half-full” would suffice.

In this somewhat-subdued time of year-
Whether slower gray days in the North
Or balmy calming days in the South-
We are called to renew our energy.

And yet, these supposed-slow moments are slid aside
For days of work and fun and motion.
In our seasons of rest or at least “catching up”,
Our work to be done takes the driver’s seat.

As we refill our half-empty mugs and teacups and goblets,
Help us, Holy One, to patch the holes that spring the quick leaks of energy.
May this restoration ensure that we have the energy that we need
and, maybe, our containers will overflow with vigor once again.


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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