Spirit of God, who hovered over creation
And brought forth life from stagnancy,
You gave birth to the airs of the world
And the breath within our lungs.

Remind us to continue to breathe when the fevers of life rise
And the chills of grief descend upon us.

May each deep inhalation drag down anxiety,
And may each exhalation remove sadness from our hearts.

As life gets busy and the stresses take the place of relaxation,
May we dedicate time to find the breezes of peace.


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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