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As the dawn sparks a new day, and we rise from a solid night of sleep, God, I wonder…

Why do I feel so lousy?

Why do I feel extremely fatigued? Why is my stomach flipping the way it is? Why is my body just a little achy as I go about my day?

Not sick but not fully well, I put on my big kid pants and go about my day. But God… I need some extra energy. I need a spiritual Dramamine to settle my stomach and soul. I need some tea for my spirit to calm my nerves. And I hope for some sunshine to energize me on my long day ahead.

For the spiritual medicines you give to me, God, I send my gratitude. Without the power of your Spirit, I wouldn’t make the day ahead.

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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