Divine Wild Winds-

There are times when chaos sets the world in motion, creating beauty and possibility. This chaos is from you, God. This chaos is infused with hope and love.

And then chaos exists solely of hate and destruction. Through this power of evil, hate reigns and soot suffocates. The havoc creates pain and suffering, and your presence is hidden from our sight.

Through your love, we ask that you shine bright through the gray smog of devastation. May seasons of havoc be short as we look towards your light in this windstorm of our lives.


The Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the Senior Pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, Illinois. 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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