God of ajar doors-

One year ago we stayed within our homes. And now we look ahead to a world regathering.

There are so many people in the stores and roads. Don’t they know there’s still a pandemic? And, simultaneously, don’t I realize I maybe should start slowly and safely re-emerging as well?

As the world continues to open, may this anxiety creeping up into my heart and mind fade away. As I see the number of cars in a parking lot and people in the checkout lines, may I grasp your peace, God. Help me find your wisdom – in masking, in traveling, in gathering.


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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