As decisions are made
And votes are cast
And thoughts are shared
Across our earth,
May your love be incorporated as part of these choices.
Shine your light brightly on the areas you need for us to focus.
Call us again and again if we take the unhealthiest path.
May your grace overwhelm the shame we’ve held onto for so long,
And encourage us to forgive ourselves for the times our decisions have hurt your creation.
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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