God of the Smooth Spaces and Rough Edges-
In seasons of chaos, when the waters rise, strengthen our hearts to tread as needed. As the winds knock us over, fill our spirits with energy that we may rise again.
When panic grips our minds, may our first thought be to your pacifying presence. As our resilience fades, shine on us again.
Holy One, in the pathway of life’s storms, may your Spirit surround us with courage to finish the journey.
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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