Spirit of Warmth,
As chills reign in the hearts of many,
we reach for our spiritual blankets to remove the frigidness surrounding us.
Oh how so many words and images and actions
have built a wall of ice between us and our neighbors!
Yet there is no ice that you, God, can’t melt.
For you are our Great Thermometer – ready to fill our spaces with temperate conditions.
May the sun fill our days with warmth,
May the Divine fill our souls with compassion,
And may we see a world where justice and peace thaw the ice between your children.
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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