God whose presence and love goes beyond words,
I have no idea what to say today.
As I face the tearful grief of a family
Or the complex relationships life brings,
Give me the exact words that need to be spoken.

Or maybe whatever sentences exit my mouth will be a mess.
In that case, may the Holy Spirit transform the intentions of my heart
Into sentiments that are soothing for the ears and souls.

May my words be compassionate when they need to comfort
And assertive when they need to challenge.

I cannot do this on my own today, or tomorrow, or any day-
So God I’m looking towards you in this cosmic chaos.


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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