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God of Greys and Brightness,
In this post Christmas season,
As the lights have been taken down
And clouds have filtered in,
The funk of January has permeated our souls.

Whether the days are cold and dreary north of the Equator
Or the days are arid and scorching to the south,
Our balance seems off.

May these days which drift farther away from the busy holiday season
Be filled with friends,
Overflowing with laughter,
And schedules just busy enough to keep us engaged with the world.

When weather’s gloominess
Or short days pull our attention away from you, God,
May we create Springtime joy even in January.
May we create Autumn’s coziness during extreme weather days.
May we embrace your strength as we expel the funk from our stagnant souls.

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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