God who abides with us on this side of the clouds…

There’s nothing as ordinary as a gray Tuesday in January. But I will take the plain. I will take the bland. Too many days are filled with pain-

News of hatred

Speeches and videos and walls which divide us from one another

Health declining or watching those we love suffer.

As we attempt to embrace the blasé grayness of this Tuesday, may we give thanks for the times when the ordinary reigns throughout our days and harshness hibernates.

Amen.

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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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