Daily Devotional - United Church of Christ

Maybe the way to maturity is through immaturity. Maybe both conditions are gifts from God, who thought the journey would be good for us.

Posted: July 14, 2020, 4:00 am

We are suddenly and critically aware that our body is deeply connected to, and responsible for, the One Great Body.

Posted: July 13, 2020, 4:00 am

Bowing towards each other is possible when we have a third power, a third way, a deeper understanding of what we are doing here on earth in the first place.

Posted: July 12, 2020, 4:00 am

Gifts aren’t given to decisions; they are given to the place you have decided God is at work. If your gift makes you grumpy – are you in the right place? 

Posted: July 11, 2020, 4:00 am

The God who leads us beside still waters is also the God of our most disturbing provocations.

Posted: July 10, 2020, 4:00 am

The story doesn’t start at the burning bush. It starts with a God-given impulse to go farther than we might tend to go, to open ourselves up to go where God might be.

Posted: July 9, 2020, 4:00 am

Grief is one thing, people say; vengeance is another. I don’t understand the impulse of vengeance. But I can listen and try to learn. Not skip over it. Not judge it.

Posted: July 8, 2020, 4:00 am

Maybe you’ve been feeling tired. Heart low. Eyes downcast. Overwhelmed. Too discouraged to place much hope in goodness. Hush – be still in the solace of God’s lap.

Posted: July 7, 2020, 4:00 am

It’s exemplary to help someone in dire straits, friend or foe. It’s divine to live a deeply obliged life, paying an open-ended debt to hope, for as long as it takes, to heal the world.

Posted: July 6, 2020, 4:00 am

Redirect us – from perfecting how to do things right, toward trusting you to guide us in imperfectly doing the right things.

Posted: July 5, 2020, 4:00 am

It’s easy to get caught up in what you don’t have or can’t do, but every bit you can offer has the potential to make a difference beyond your greatest imagination.

Posted: July 4, 2020, 4:00 am

Tomorrow many will celebrate independence from empire. Let’s also remember that America has since become an empire. How might Jesus call us to respond?

Posted: July 3, 2020, 4:00 am

Whatever makes us belong to one another, whatever binds us so tightly that one of us can’t be hurt without all of us crying out, that is the only law that matters.

Posted: July 2, 2020, 4:00 am

How does your identity – claimed or not – shape your worldview? How does your identity reflect what is important to you? To what, or whom, do you pledge allegiance?

Posted: July 1, 2020, 4:00 am

Sometimes we load too much onto our plates. We carry too many things at once. And then one of them drops. Or they all do. Or we drop ourselves, in exhaustion.

Posted: June 30, 2020, 4:00 am

God, help me listen, love, listen, learn. Let myself be available. Let myself stay awake because there is a lot of Gethsemane out there, and let me listen.

Posted: June 29, 2020, 4:00 am

My emotions have been all over the place these days. I’m happy one minute, frustrated and short-tempered the next. Fear and hope seem to take turns leading my emotions.

Posted: June 28, 2020, 4:00 am

I am like my loaves of bread. The things I incorporate, the spiritual influences and personal contacts and media sources, have the power to leaven me, to transform me.

Posted: June 27, 2020, 4:00 am

We don’t need to go back. We need to go forward. Forward to justice, forward to green, and forward to sanity.

Posted: June 26, 2020, 4:00 am

Good news isn’t so good when it leaves us unequipped to deal with what’s at hand. We are much better served by people who see the depth of our dilemmas and give us candid notice.

Posted: June 25, 2020, 4:00 am