Spirit of Calm and Chaos…

In these moments before our Lenten pilgrimage begins, we take a look at our dusty world-

Where active shooter trainings are reality,

Where middle-age icons die of strokes,

Where our youth can’t see themselves in the ways you see them, and our powers-that-be can’t see the image of God in our neighbors who are marginalized.

Where the frequency of lies told by our leaders outweighs the encouraging words uttered to those they lead.

Even in the midst of this spiritual dust bowl, we know that in between the particles of dirt, you abide. As the winds kick up and we can’t catch our breath, you are breathing for us.

May this season be one in which we find easier ways to abide in the dust storms and deserts.

God of Chaos and Calm, you are with us.



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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