Reflect back to me the person you want me to see. Reflect back to me my true image- not the one I’m imagining in my head.
Encourage me to hold up your true mirror to your children I meet along the way. May they see a portrait of authenticity staring back at them.
Hope shines from the corner of these mirrors. Help us to embrace our reflection- no matter the discomfort which comes when wrestling with the image in the looking glass. May we see your love staring back at us as we earnestly gaze upon our own reflection.
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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