In this nearly-new month, God,
When days are dimming earlier
And nights’ breezes are a comforting prayer,
Present us with the strength we need
To live into your call-
A divine urging to become “strong and courageous.”
“Strong and courageous” are nice words
Until the fires of anger surround us
And the ice of hate freeze your children.
Then Strong must be our voice
And Courageous be in our steps.
Let our bold faith usher in mild autumn days
So that all of your children will experience
The beauty of your creation-
Not only the privileged few
But all of your beloved.
The Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the Senior Pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, Illinois. 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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