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As my body aches today, God,
I pray for my neighbors who must work with fevers and stomach bugs,
and friends who wonder how they will attain their paycheck since their children got sick.

When will we value the cost of rest?
Will we ever stand for the ones without healthcare?

Even in my moments of illness,
I still stand privileged in a society which hurts.

May we finally value the health of our sick, impoverished, and scared siblings.

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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