God , you call me to speak when I need to speak, and you ask me to be silent sometimes too-

As I hear the various political perspectives across the tables from me, may I know the words to speak if there is something you would like me to say.

May my words be ones that will land softly but grasp at hearts. May they be sentiments that stand for the dignity of all in our world but said in a way that they will actually take to heart what I say.

May they be divinely inspired by you, and may we all grow in love of you, neighbor, creation, and self.


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. She also has chapters in the books Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy and A Child Laughs: Prayers for Justice and Hope. Torigian blogs at

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