Daily Devotional - United Church of Christ

“How am I going to do this?” is a very good question. May the answer be “never alone.”

Posted: August 25, 2019, 4:00 am

I have loved rules. Many times, I have stood in fields of abundance but have noticed only rule infractions. But among Christ’s many names, none of them is The Lord of the Rules.

Posted: August 24, 2019, 4:00 am

Many of us have been thinking and talking about refugees. And many of us who think and talk about refugees have options for staying safe. May those without options find mercy.

Posted: August 23, 2019, 4:00 am

Pinyon pine trees in northern New Mexico have roots that are 20 feet long, curling around rocks to hold them against storms. What are our lives wrapped around and holding onto?

Posted: August 22, 2019, 4:00 am

It’s said that life is God’s gift to us and what we do with life is our gift back to God. I take it a step further: My life belongs to God. My life is God’s currency in the world.

Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:00 am

What if we could disagree with someone and still treat them with respect? If we could be angry without belittling others? If we could remember that God loves the person we’re scoffing?

Posted: August 20, 2019, 4:00 am

Even as communities lose their rights and neighbors flee their persecution, the depths of our commitments to each other are gestating in the great womb that promises new life.

Posted: August 19, 2019, 4:00 am

The life of our faith and the life of our nation are dependent upon those who have experienced joys and pains, agonies and ecstasies, sharing with those who do not yet know.

Posted: August 18, 2019, 4:00 am

I’ve believed that I deserve life’s storms. I’ve believed it serves me right. And I’ve known the feeling of relief when adversity subsides, when the end allows me to begin again.

Posted: August 17, 2019, 4:00 am

Notice to notice. Remember to remember. Pray to pay attention and to appreciate—knowing that such a prayer is already and regularly granted.

Posted: August 16, 2019, 4:00 am

Music helps words soar above the everyday. Words help music sink deeply into our spirits. And there is no one version of the music and words that can be defined as “traditional.”

Posted: August 15, 2019, 4:00 am

Many of us are understandably panicked about climate chaos. The earth has been torn asunder, violently shaken, utterly broken. But God can fix what is broken, with enough time.

Posted: August 14, 2019, 4:00 am

God is not just big, but big-big! Big-big enough to not be swayed by privilege. Big-big enough to fairly treat parentless children. Big-big enough for all to have what they need.

Posted: August 13, 2019, 4:00 am

I don’t know if God is still good. I suspect God’s righteousness is tarnished. But we’re called to keep searching for goodness—and for one another—through the fire and brimstone.

Posted: August 12, 2019, 4:00 am

Take a moment today to give thanks for your heroes in faith. Take another moment to recall the twists and turns in your own journey, and how grace keeps pulling you forward.

Posted: August 11, 2019, 4:00 am

When I tell a story of fear, I find plenty to be afraid of. When I focus on scarcity, there is not enough. But when I remember the story of love, I notice it’s unmistakably true.

Posted: August 10, 2019, 4:00 am

God’s 'peaceable kingdom' between humans and animals is not for our entertainment. These days, the peaceable kingdom often needs us to leave the animals alone to live in peace.

Posted: August 9, 2019, 4:00 am

'Silence is golden,' but following God isn’t about silencing. It’s about listening. It’s about considering Something More Important. It’s about honoring the roar of God’s voice.

Posted: August 8, 2019, 4:00 am

Sometimes our not doing allows something to be done for us and in us that is far more wonderful than we might accomplish on our own through our striving and worry.

Posted: August 7, 2019, 4:00 am

As a white person, I carry privilege all the time.  Privilege of which I am not even aware. Privilege that just makes me want more privilege. It’s past time to check that baggage.

Posted: August 6, 2019, 4:00 am