God of All Feelings and Sensations-

What is the tickle in my throat?
Is it the virus?
It that why I’m extra exhausted
and why my temperature is slightly up?

As my mind plays out all the horrific scenarios
of getting the disease and it’s turn for the worst,
God of love, ease my mind.

May this disease pass over me if it can.

But if it can’t,
may it be mild.

And if it can’t be mild,
God, give me all the strength in body, mind, and soul that you can.


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 http://www.michelletorigian.com.

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