Daily Devotional - United Church of Christ

Despite our longing to be back in the sanctuary, God’s steadfast love is not limited to a physical space. God’s love is our true sanctuary.

Posted: October 21, 2020, 4:00 am

As a model of strength and self-possession, I didn’t think Vashti could get any better. I was wrong.

Posted: October 20, 2020, 4:00 am

Paul took the chains of the state and preached fearless liberation. The state may have had him in shackles, but he would be bound to nothing but the love of God.

Posted: October 19, 2020, 4:00 am

If your beloved children show up in our church, whether as children or as elders, we will love and care for them as our own, as God’s own. Will you please do the same?

Posted: October 18, 2020, 4:00 am

If you’re of a certain age, you remember freedom songs above the blows and snarling dogs. It’s no surprise that when despots come to power, they first purge the poets and singers.

Posted: October 17, 2020, 4:00 am

I see you, fellow shepherd, and you are amazing. You’ve MacGyvered quarantine church. Your pluck is one way to be what 1 Peter calls ‘an example.’

Posted: October 16, 2020, 4:00 am

Hospitality requires willingness to be uncomfortable but not unsafe. It requires placing the last first and the first last. We must work hard to get it right.

Posted: October 15, 2020, 4:00 am

In elementary school, many lunches never made it into the intended students’ bodies as they were traded for desserts, pencils, or even coveted spots in line next to crushes.

Posted: October 14, 2020, 4:00 am

If you hear one crying out for help, don’t listen in dispassionately like you’re a scientist performing an experiment on resilience, waiting to see how things turn out. Step up.

Posted: October 13, 2020, 4:00 am

Who gets to decide what truth is, and what criteria do they use? How do we persist past the religion of “our own whims and lusts” here in our own last days?

Posted: October 12, 2020, 4:00 am

Jesus won’t wait for you to be perfect before calling you to follow him. Not even Jesus has that much time.

Posted: October 11, 2020, 4:00 am

Moses understood that even though he had the moral responsibility to oppose the people’s transgressions, he also had the moral responsibility to intercede on their behalf.

Posted: October 10, 2020, 4:00 am

Thank you, O God, for your steadfast love that never leaves us. In grief, anxiety, and shock, help us to find our steady center in you.

Posted: October 9, 2020, 4:00 am

If you want to find a prophet, it's easy. Look for the one speaking repentance to the self-satisfied and the one speaking hope to the doomed.

Posted: October 8, 2020, 4:00 am

I live by a general rule: Don’t try to fix people. You are not a repairman. You are also in need of repair. Relationship is better than repair.

Posted: October 7, 2020, 4:00 am

Holy God, drain us of derision and contempt. Render us stock-still before the glory of each other’s soaring flight.

Posted: October 6, 2020, 4:00 am

In the midst of psalms of comfort and praise is the call to care for the poor, feed the hungry, uphold the vulnerable, and advocate for justice. It’s in the DNA of our faith.

Posted: October 5, 2020, 4:00 am

The practice of acute engagement with God, no matter the circumstance or feeling of the day, will always, always be worth exercising.

Posted: October 4, 2020, 4:00 am

My alt-Jesus is a mirror image of myself. You might have an alt-Jesus as well, one who affirms your likes and rains holy judgment upon your dislikes.

Posted: October 3, 2020, 4:00 am

Can you imagine leading the kind of life where you have to get good at charmingly disarming bigots in order to try to save your daughter’s life?

Posted: October 2, 2020, 4:00 am