God of Justice and Peace-

As the world rotates today, may your calm filter each corner of our communities. As many of us wonder “what happens next” in this very unusual year, we seek spaces free from anxiety.

God, my soul aches for humanity. I hurt when I don’t see my neighbors remembering that, they too, are connected with everyone else. The choices we make today impact not only ourselves but our neighbors across this planet.

As we walk this surreal landscape, we pray that we can choose to love our neighbors across this world. Turn the feet and the minds of those who bully, those who hate. May the dawn of your hope fill our souls with new possibilities, knowing that tomorrow may bring the light for which we’ve been searching.

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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