God of the Sweet, God of the Sour-
Seasons of stress appear from time to time. In the bitterness of life, our minds feel as if they can’t move forward. In the rancidness of grief, we doubt that we can breathe our next breath.
And yet, the sweetness of your Spirit enters the air. Through this Divine aroma surrounding us, we remember our resilience. Through the fragrance of hope, we know there are possibilities ahead.
May gift of resilience be our strength when the world begins to crash and the mustiness of misery pollutes our spirits. May your fragrant comfort fill us with the peace to recognize the hope-filled beauty of tomorrow.
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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