Spirit of Sabbath-

I start a new season with deep breath of peace. In my exhale, I’m releasing the complicated air of tension.

Each inhale inflates my lungs with hope, and every exhale releases the pressures of this day.

Gratitude fills my lungs with joy. Worry leaves my inner being as air rushes from my lungs.

God of Peace, in this time, I embrace rest. May your comfort bring me sleep. May your presence calm my racing, exhausted heart. May your strength sooth my weary soul.

And may I find renewal through you in your season of sabbath.

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 ClergyA Child Laughs: Prayers for Justice and Hope and When Kids Ask Hard Questions, Volume 2. Torigian blogs at http://www.michelletorigian.com.

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