God of the Pothole-Filled Roads,

How do we express pain on our journeys when we are supposed to be Stepford-humans? How are we to stop the tears when the paths are too bumpy and the road forward is filled with cracks?

Divine Companion, I want to stop, but you keep nudging me forward. I want to hold deeply to my pride but you urge me to ask for help. May my vulnerability be a gift to this world. Allow my embarrassment to slip away. When the road seems blocked, may your Spirit smooth the path or give us the courage to journey on a broken road


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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