Daily Devotional - United Church of Christ
Payback always means more violence. It punishes, but it doesn’t fix a thing and it doesn’t satisfy. All you’re left with is a corroded heart.
We are rapidly learning new languages—and it is not always easy. I personally don’t speak Facebook or Instagram. It’s a good thing God is still speaking while we are all finding our way.
A beautiful thing about worship: it levels the distinctions between people. People just want to be one person among the people of God. Also, coffee. Coffee is non-negotiable.
God, nudge me out of analysis paralysis when it comes to knowing what you want me to do, and then acting on it. You have said it’s not too hard. I’m taking you at your word. Amen.
We work hard at getting and keeping what we’ve got at any cost. Sometimes we’re so focused on doing things right that we forget to do the right thing.
The rain bucketed down, an unwelcome sight at summer camp on a Thursday afternoon. Campers and counselors alike watched it sadly from beneath streaming roofs.
Perhaps you sometimes work your faith to the bone. Perhaps you sometimes work-love yourself into exhaustion. And maybe you wonder what difference it all makes.
Miraculous things can happen when spiritual communities are on the move. People take a chance—to lend an ax-head, to rent a theater, to extend kindness that makes life livable.
When you feed the hungry, you feed the soul. Serving a meal without a prayer feels as ridiculous as serving soup without a spoon. So we keep praying at meals.
You would do well to know the difference between being consumed and being afire. Burn for God’s message in you.
Some of the most important things in life happen not with another victory, but with a surrender. Like letting ourselves be loved.
I feel the tiredness all in my body. Perhaps my body is calling me back to myself. To slow down and take notice. To breathe into those places that are painfully holding on to tension.
If Jesus served and was served by people of different faith, values and customs, we are called to do likewise.
Make us good citizens of this realm, O God, by making us better citizens of yours, eyes on the prize and committed to closing the distance.
Our greatest challenge is not in dying but in living our lives in the fullness of our values and purpose. Life that is disconnected from value and purpose is mere existence.
Our son had never been in such a big Pride parade.
The word of correction that comes out a shout.
A hardened heart is arteriosclerosis of the spirit, the refusal to feel anymore. Hanging on to the ability to care, the ability to feel, the ability to hurt is not for babies.
The ancient teachers tell us: heaven is both now and not yet. Something coming, something already here. Appreciation for today. Love that is big enough to hold eternity.
I feel the tiredness all in my body. Perhaps my body is calling me back to myself. To slow down and take notice. To breathe into those places that are painfully holding on to tension..