God Hold My Anxiety

Things are so turbulent, Lord, I’m not even sure what to pray for.

My eight year old asks me what I wish for and I’m stuck with big impossible answers: the end to the pandemic, the healing of the earth, world peace, every single person to be healthy.

God, I like to have structures and normals to hold my anxiety.

When I’m anxious, I like to repeat the schedule, like a prayer in my head that the day will proceed according to plan.

But I know, God, that this is not how it works. And with so much uproarious change, repeating the schedule no longer holds my anxiety.

Often the government can hold anxiety, quietly in the back of our heads. So much so, that until that security is gone, we don’t realize how much we depend upon that.

That too is fruitless right now.

Sweet Jesus, hold my anxiety. Help me to place it on your strength. Because it is too much to hold anymore.

Holy Spirit: comforter, help me to voice all that I fear to you, to acknowledge that it is real and substantial. And then, please God share my burden so my breathing comes just a bit easier, my shoulders relax a fraction, my jaw unclenches enough that I remember to stretch a bit, take a deep breath and start my day.

God hold my anxiety I pray.


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Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.

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