Daily Devotional - United Church of Christ

We do not blame the night sky for being night. We rest in it. And that Blackness is beautiful. 

Posted: February 23, 2020, 5:00 am

As children of God, we have the opportunity to ask different questions than the rest of the world asks. Questions that help us truly meet one another on holy, even ground.

Posted: February 22, 2020, 5:00 am

It’s hard to be obedient to your parent when you’re bent on bashing your brother.

Posted: February 21, 2020, 5:00 am

Next time you get to church early or the sermon gets boring, look around. Ask yourself: which parts of this building look like heaven? Conversely, which ones fall short?

Posted: February 20, 2020, 5:00 am

“I'm looking for a sign,” said my friend.

Posted: February 18, 2020, 9:14 pm

It’s easy to get so consumed in a crisis that you think the crisis is all about you. It’s easy to forget that even in times of stress, our lives are testimonies of the Holy Spirit.

Posted: February 18, 2020, 5:00 am

At the world’s table, the wealthy, the privileged, and the strong devour everyone’s share of life. At the Lord’s table, mutual deference is the sacrament’s outward sign.

Posted: February 17, 2020, 5:00 am

O God, get us to the heavenly feast. And when we arrive, may we meet one stranger after another who welcomes us, as though we truly belonged.

Posted: February 16, 2020, 5:00 am

Cultural messages that I thought were harmless growing up, I now realize were problematic all along. Blessed are those who manage to get it all right! I am working to do better.

Posted: February 15, 2020, 5:00 am

I love you. There. I said it first. I hope—though the world keeps breaking your heart—that you take it as a sign your heart is actually working as it was intended.

Posted: February 14, 2020, 5:00 am

Everywhere we turn, we are offered opportunities for resistance training. The path of least resistance is also the path of least growth.

Posted: February 13, 2020, 5:00 am

Don’t feel like you have to be nice all the time. Don’t feel like you always have to accommodate and compromise and stir in honey. Go ahead, release your inner table-over-turner.

Posted: February 12, 2020, 5:00 am

Just when I am tempted to give up on the entire human enterprise, I am gobsmacked all over again by the utterly spectacular resilience of the human-divine spirit.

Posted: February 11, 2020, 5:00 am

We tend to project our anxiety onto the Creator. We imagine God’s hands wringing with concern, pondering the next move. Nope. God’s at peace. And God wants the same for us.

Posted: February 10, 2020, 5:00 am

How wondrous to rediscover the language and literary style of Jesus, whose words are forever unveiling themselves in new and ancient forms.

Posted: February 9, 2020, 5:00 am

We’re quick to declare things as broken and ready to discard. The intensity of life’s stressors can diminish our capacity to see God’s unfolding grace within us and around us.

Posted: February 8, 2020, 5:00 am

You don’t have to be a literal morning person to rise in the darkness and cast some light of faith and warmth for the rest of us.

Posted: February 7, 2020, 5:00 am

What has God’s faithfulness done to us, that we reject humility? How has God’s love wearied us, that we neglect mercy? How do we answer for our persistent injustice?

Posted: February 6, 2020, 5:00 am

Parents sometimes sacrifice children on the altars of our careers. Government sacrifices children on the altar of defense spending. God rejects child sacrifice—Abraham’s and ours.

Posted: February 5, 2020, 5:00 am

Nobody preaches about Jesus belching. Which is a shame, and maybe a heresy in this world where getting your bodily needs fully met is a privilege reserved for the few.

Posted: February 4, 2020, 5:00 am