Sweet Spirit of Hopefulness,
Too many stories of heartache fill our newsfeeds. Too many comments of negativity fill our airwaves and irritate our eardrums.
Between the public world and our private lives, sorrow and anxieties rage. Where is your tranquility, Spirit of God?
As the currents of life overtake us, may your winds encircle us with gusts of strength. As the storms ravage the path ahead of us, may you fill our souls with the air of peace.
In gratitude, we celebrate the moments of calm, courage in the face of calamities, and the determination to move forward with you beside us.
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, A 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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