God of Renewal,
On this first day of the month,
as pumpkin spice hits the shelves
and the winds blow cooler air,
help us find the hope of this month.
Undoubtedly, our world is masked
and daily life is met with skepticism.
What will this month bring? We ask ourselves with fear in our hearts.
Can we have a break for just one month, God?
Can we breathe without fear and walk without anxiety?
Can we plan with hope
and have moments which remind us of the joy-filled days gone by?
I know our world is changed,
and I know we must live prudently in this new realm.
But help find those minutes of relaxation,
free from worldly anxieties.
May we rebuild connections – even with masks on.
Assist us in finding a new normal that will bring us some joy.
And fill our hearts with peace.
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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