Daily Devotional - United Church of Christ

Everybody knows how holy touch can be. But coming up and touching me, or my kid, or anybody, without their permission? According to God, that’s a vaporizable offense.

Posted: November 20, 2019, 5:00 am

Restorative relationships can heal trauma. As we find clarity through restoration, it is easier to distinguish sources of present danger from the residue of past pains.

Posted: November 19, 2019, 5:00 am

When we allow our religious practices or political affiliations or ideological connections to give us absolute certainty, there is no room for correction when necessary.

Posted: November 18, 2019, 5:00 am

If you always insist on relieving others of the burden of you, how will they fulfill the law of Christ? If you never let anyone bear you, how will they bear witness to Love?

Posted: November 17, 2019, 5:00 am

Go find a window. Open it. Give it a little shoulder. Get up tomorrow morning and give yourself help to get over old injuries. Those who ask and search, receive and find.

Posted: November 16, 2019, 5:00 am

Troubles both public and private are enough to send a person diving back under their blankets. But this very morning, the Day of the Lord is one day closer than ever before.

Posted: November 15, 2019, 5:00 am

Why does Paul say the greatest is love? Love is pretty cool, of course, but greater than faith and hope? It’s rather like ranking air, food, and water.

Posted: November 14, 2019, 5:00 am

Jesus mimicked all that he saw the Parent doing. How potent it can be for us to do the same as Children of our Divine Parent.

Posted: November 13, 2019, 5:00 am

All the written words in the world cannot substitute for the poignancy of personal interaction.

Posted: November 12, 2019, 5:00 am

Hold on to this liberating truth through your doubt and suffering, until the morning star rises in your heart and you can’t help but share your song with the world.

Posted: November 11, 2019, 5:00 am

Our neighbors are generous and loving. The world as God envisions it is near. Fluff wins. Repent of fearmongering, and believe it.

Posted: November 10, 2019, 5:00 am

I suspect Claude Monet would have painted lilies differently if he had been paddling through sedge against the current of the muddy Mississippi river in an inflatable kayak.

Posted: November 9, 2019, 5:00 am

It’s not all up to me. Or to you, either. When the well is dry, someone else has a drop left to give. That drop is God incarnate, Word made flesh, help in the very time of trial.

Posted: November 8, 2019, 5:00 am

Most everything happens slowly, especially change in our lives and in our churches. God has God’s own time and schedule. My job is to do my job and let God be God.

Posted: November 7, 2019, 5:00 am

Complaint doesn’t have to be our default. I’m learning from friends that there is always reason to rejoice in the goodness of God, even when nothing seems to be going their way.

Posted: November 6, 2019, 5:00 am

Jesus both lowers and elevates. That’s how the gospel works: the high are humbled and the lowly lifted so all stand on the same level.

Posted: November 5, 2019, 5:00 am

Sometimes I think Christian life consists not so much in right thinking and good deeds, but in a flustered objection to divine humility and a daily consent to the unthinkable.

Posted: November 4, 2019, 5:00 am

Prayer has never been, and prayer will never be, a substitute for accountability.

Posted: November 3, 2019, 5:00 am

Lovey-dovey Jesus doesn’t do much for me. But a Jesus that’s holy and grumpy, empathetic and impatient, who has no time for my bull? I’ll follow him anywhere.

Posted: November 2, 2019, 4:00 am

God, we give thanks for those who recognize our faults, and who embrace us and feed us anyway.

Posted: November 1, 2019, 4:00 am