A Prayer to Be Free From Tizzies*by Joyce Rupp

A Prayer to Be Free From Tizzies*

Dear God,
you who did not invent tizzies,
be with me when I get
caught
in the wild worrying of my mind,
and the needless scurrying
around
in my fearful heart.

Trip me up when I fret and stew
so I can see the trap of tizzies,
with
their schemes to keep me
bunched up in stress and strain.

Let me fall headfirst into the truth
of your never-ending
presence,
wrap your kind arms around me
and calm my doubts and fears.

Shout loudly in my spiritual ear
when my nerves get knotted,
my mind
feels cramped,
and my stomach screams.

It may be difficult,
but do try to get my full attention,
because
tizzies are not healthy,
and they definitely chase peace
out the front
door of my heart.

Dear God, you did not invent tizzies,
I did,
and only I can send them
on their way,
and I will,
if you strengthen me
to let go of my anxious
hold
on what is nonessential.

—Joyce Rupp

*A tizzy is a “state of frenzied excitement or distraction,
especially over some trivial matter” (Webster’s New Unabridged Dictionary).

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