God, I don’t want to be considered a weak person, a woman who lacks independence. And yet, there are some times when I can no longer face struggles on my own.

I admit this here: I need assistance.

You created humans to be in community. Yet some of us lack the support we need when facing illness and injury, life’s disappointments and grief. We may be solo, single, unmarried, widowed, divorced- and we need other people to complete chores for us when the fevers are high and the aches are great.

So give me courage to change the narrative today. I am human – not Super Woman. I am beautifully broken, incomplete, imperfect. Requesting support is necessary in order to function in life’s valleys.

May I be bold in my request.  May I heal quickly. May assistance abound. And may I step up when called to help others when I am well again.


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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