My heart continues to sting from losing my dad, peaceful God. My soul is not quite as vivacious, and the innocence I felt before his death has drifted away.

Grief robs us of possibilities of the future. Grief fogs up the lens we use to see the world. Our universe is smaller and sadder.

Pour your comfort upon the hearts of those of us grieving, peaceful God. Dry our tears and wipe our cloudy lens. May we see the world with a new type of innocence, and may the sun shine in our world again.

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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