Daily Devotional - United Church of Christ
When we are not feeling our defense and strength, we do well to adjust our crowns, knowing ourselves to be residents of God’s households, anointed for immense possibility.
Strengthen your heart as you wait for God’s early and late rain. Be patient. Show endurance. Dig and hope.
Don’t fall for the divine, dual-personality theory about God and the Bible. God is both gracious and wrathful, and we need God’s wrath as much as we need God’s grace.
Please…please…please…please? Please? PLEASE? PLEASE? Pleeeeeeeaaaase? Amen.
The right time for sabbath is not when our work is finished, but when it has piled up until we cannot see over it into a hopeful future.
In a world of lies and rumors, contractual loopholes and selective memory, we need more mizpah in our lives—symbols of mutual respect and standards of justice
When we are weak, needing kindness, we rarely gravitate towards the perfect and the pure. When what we need is mercy, we look for someone reeking of sardines.
Land is not mine or yours or theirs or ours. Land belongs to God, who gifts it to us, who lets us dwell in places. No one wins when we steal God’s land from one another.
Put on the full armor of God in the struggle against evil. Just be sure it’s God’s Adversary you’re struggling against, and not God’s children.
What if—instead of quitting the communities that fail us (church, PTA, book club)—we practice stubborn loyalty, trusting that the crucible will make us all stronger and gentler?
Gratitude challenges the status quo and disrupts injustice. Gratitude calls us into a new way of living and being, for the healing of the world.
Anger is a valid emotion, yet stewing in anger can eat away at our wholeness. Stewing in anger through Facebook creeping can hurt our journeys toward healing.
Thoughts and prayers get a bad rap these days, but being prayed for is very powerful when we feel disconnected and disempowered. What might happen if you ask for prayer?
When something stresses me out, my inclination is to ignore it. But when the smallest provocation angers me, it’s a sure sign that there’s a reality I am trying to deny.
When Jesus said, “Do not store up treasures on earth,” I don’t think he wasn’t talking about people who live on little. Jesus was talking to the pampered people, like me.
The beauty of the Holy Trinity is that it pushes us past definitions for God—beyond protector God, beyond tangible Jesus, beyond surprising Spirit. Because we need them all.
Is doubt to be accepted or rejected in faith? When does doubt indicate humility, the willingness to be wrong? And when doubt mask as fear, the unwillingness to take risks in faith?
Living right doesn’t save us from harm. Job was a blameless man, but his friends said he must have deserved his misfortune. May our faith never blame victims for their suffering.
Many of us could use more sleep. Maybe Jesus teaches us to be faithful nappers, so confident and well-rested in divine presence that we are not sunk by every crisis that assails us.
Francis of Assisi wasn’t all peace songs and birdbaths. He questioned Christians’ docility in the face of wrong and contested our easy sentimentality about God.