God beyond words-
I’m at a loss for what to say or think right now. Our common humanity and worth is forgotten with each act of violence. Our connection to one another is cut again and again when another word of hate is spoken.
Hold our hearts, Divine One. Nudge us to look past our days of grief to correct damages systems and connect with our neighbors. May we find ways to turn our desire for weapons into tools to build and our reliance on divisiveness into bridges of love and justice.
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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