Daily Devotional - United Church of Christ
Maybe you woke up thinking about some catastrophe, and you shouted at God, 'These are your people.' Don’t be surprised when God points to them and says, 'They are your people.'
Jesus was forever crossing borders visible and invisible, tearing down fences and walls, and enlarging pastures so that all could live in safety, peace and plenty.
Does the leaf know the changing seasons, the looming changes, the shifting light? Does it welcome the transformation? Do we notice and have the courage to welcome change?
In crisis, we might be tempted to blame or belittle God. But Eugene Peterson suggests that current events call us to 'immediate awareness that … we are always dealing with God.'
On this day, of all days, we repent of our divisive ways, we commit to cooperate instead of conspire, and we find our security in the God of Many Names and No Borders.
If you’ve been gripped by self-doubt and felt the overwhelming urge to run and hide, Psalm 91 says, 'Go for it!' Imagine God as a big ol’ bird with a down chest to snuggle against.
It’s easy to aspire to be the Good Samaritan. It requires deeper, spiritual work to relate to the one who feels abandoned in the ditch. But ditch happens. To all of us.
In the eyes of God, “darkness” is not an underbelly, not an underdog position, not a thing to fear. Darkness is healing space, resting space, uninterrupted space for blessings.
Holy One, when we encounter trouble and opposition, help us to know if it’s because we’re following your will or our own.
God is so much more than you or I can imagine. And so you and I, created in the divine image, are much more than we can imagine, too.
Many a heart has been tuned more closely to God through interfaith exploration. Because God is bigger than any one religion. And all of them.
Of all the things God tracks, merits and sins are the least. Our griefs in life and love, our tossings and tears—those God carefully collects. Not in a book, but in a bottle.
For all of us engaged in the fights to establish peace and justice, it's reassuring to know that our efforts are not in vain. The reigns of evil are only seasonal.
There are good reasons to be mindful about food. Almost none of them are of ultimate import. None of them are going to get you what I suspect you may really be starving for.
Pride was not created for human beings, according to Sirach. For whom then—or for what—was pride created? For the sun or the tree or the bird? Or perhaps for the Holy Eternal One.
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither enslaved nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. - Galatians 3:28 (NIV)
How does Jesus calm us in severe storms? By giving us neighbors. By making us environmentalists. By showing us courage in people who come through the big blows.
Is there room in our disagreements for loving kindness as well as faithful rage? Can we practice compassion alongside righteous indignation?
Maybe we don’t all feel called to civil disobedience. But as Christians, we are all called to holy disobedience to disrupt harm, both in the streets and in our churches.
We often read the Bible as if it’s addressed only to individuals. Except it mostly isn’t. How does it change our understanding to know that Scripture’s words are not for us alone?