Daily Devotional - United Church of Christ
We hold our breath and wait: "For the world now groaning, is there life? Is there life for you, Holy One?"
Quinn G. Caldwell
Some of us look away from Good Friday violence because we're too pampered to handle it. Some of us look away because we're tired of seeing it every day on the streets and in our homes.
Emily C. Heath
Jesus could have said anything at the last supper. He could have told his friends to avenge his death. He could have raged about the unfairness of life. Instead he said, "Love one another."
More and more, we live in front of cameras and screens, surrounded as much by the witness of the cloud as a cloud of witnesses. How do we live when Jesus is your only witness?
John A. Nelson
The-One-Who-Enlarges takes on those who would make God small. The Creator-Who-Is-Still-Shaping-Me defies those who think in terms of caste or tribe.
Perhaps Jesus could love because Mary had loved him. She anointed his feet; he washed the disciples'. She poured out her love in a costly perfume. He did the same for the whole world.
Sometimes ignorance is bliss. Sometimes it is easier to be donkey than disciple.
God, give me the eyes of a child to see the richness of my life. And keep the party going.
You know grief and loss. You've been hurt a thousand times. As impossible as it might feel, trust that blessing is already embracing your anguish and that God will indeed turn the page.
We bear a lot of pain in the name of love. As Christians, we do that for one another, in order to remember that God is doing it for us.
We are all lifelong learners, Jesus says, and there's only one Teacher. So if you think you're wise, get over yourself.
When our plans and predictions go bust and our expectations aren't fulfilled, God is still God.
There is no gospel that leads to the killing of the soul. The Spirit calls for us to speak the words that set people free, not the words that keep them in their chains.
Richard L. Floyd
The metaphorical heart is a matter of life and death. The heart is implicated in the choices of lovers and fools, and who among us hasn't been both at some time in our life?
Extravagance can scare us. It scared Judas. And extravagance—God's extravagance—can save us. Mary understood this and did not fear the extravagant mercy of God.
Maybe we start to accept the things we really should not, growing accustomed to being so enclosed that we risk forgetting what it means to be free—if we ever knew it.
Kenneth L. Samuel
The season of Lent is the season of love’s endurance. Love can endure disappointment, pain and even disloyalty. But love never endures the separation of termination.
How long, O Lord? We need the world you promise. We need you to vindicate our sticking with you all this time, to redeem our suffering and crown our deaths with life.
Quinn G. Caldwell
God, your world is full of wonders and mysteries. Let me not be too quick to dismiss them, and let me, at least sometimes, believe them before it’s wise.
Emily C. Heath
I didn’t learn about testimony from church. I learned about it from people in recovery who told me their stories when I was newly sober.