God who created the expanding universe and designed each atom which dances in our world- let’s talk about anxiety for a minute.

Why is it that my mind churns night and day wondering and worrying?

Why is my heart racing, and why do I feel overwhelming nausea?

Why do I feel like I can’t move from where I’m sitting?

And why is it that certain activities trigger a horrific panic response within my soul, mind, and body?

I may never know the answers to these questions. But help me to connect with others who can be a support. Lead me to the assistance I need so that I can live a life with far less anxiety and panic. May the people in my life be understanding, and may I be a support to others experiencing similar uneasiness.


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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