God of breathing in and out, of the beating hearts and brain waves, we know that our finite bodies cannot last forever. But when the aches set in or our loved ones are abiding in their final days, it still seems too soon.
When the decline starts or the end nears, give us strength in our souls that we never knew existed. May we be clear in our decisions and may we accept help when offered.
When the end hovers over us, may your peace sustain us and walk with us in our grief.
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 http://www.michelletorigian.com.
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