God of all seasons, we continuously arrive at times of both hellos and goodbyes. Some periods are full of hellos and building acquaintances. Strangers become friends, and the unfamiliar becomes intimate.

And every so often we enter a season of goodbyes. Like a blizzard which chills us, the flurry of farewells freezes our hearts.

For those saying their goodbyes, may your Spirit warm their hearts and deliver memories of comfort.

May we realize that your Spirit connects us forever – no matter the distance. We know death, evil, pain, injustice, grief and illness may build walls. But your Spirit transcends defies barriers to connect us for eternity.


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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