prayer shawlThere is too much clamor going on right now, God –
Deafening noise from the current election cycle
Blame.  Degradation.  More blame.
Some hurled from the left and some from the right
And neither will stop their bickering.

There’s the distracting sounds of crying around us, loving Mother-
Verbal sounds of pain from violence in neighborhoods
And to those we love.
Intimate violence.  Stranger violence.

And the weeping of those who are caring for their sick
Those who are enduring strenuous treatments
And those abiding in chronic illness.

So much.  Too much.

So Father.  Mother.
I’m already exhausted this morning
From the weeping in the night
And from my swirling mind keeping me from sleep.
I have too many people in my heart who are struggling
And I have a weighed-down soul soaked with sorrow.

Instead of remaining snug under my prayer shawl
And drifting back into dreamland,
Help me take this woken-nightmare land
And turn it back into your kin-dom.



The Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the Pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Old Blue Rock Road in Cincinnati. Her essay “Always a Pastor, Never the Bride” was in the RevGalBlogPals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. Torigian blogs at


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