Daily Devotional - United Church of Christ
God, today a few thousand UCC leaders come down the mountain from General Synod 32. May the blessing they've received, renew us all.
Although the psalmist assures us God will shoot an arrow at our enemies, I am grown up enough to forgive a childhood transgression. Until I realize that I have been unfriended.
Consider the possibility that the peace you're seeking may come as simply as stopping for a moment and deciding not to argue. May come as simply as listening to that still, speaking Voice.
It is not bad to fear; it is a natural response to danger. Problems arise when fear takes over. Fear cannot take the lead, especially as we do the work of God.
Before God calls us out to minister to the world's needs, God first asks us to be honest about what we need. God knows, our souls can run dry.
Hate and haters are so easy to hate. We cannot fall for that. We are called to have the courage to choose love, alongside our rejection of hatred.
If you scream at somebody often enough in the name of religion, they just might decide it sounds better to be whatever it is you've been calling them than whatever it is you call yourself.
I remember that even the all-powerful Christ was moved to tears by loss. I remember these tears, and I weep. Jesus knew we'd need permission to cry sometimes.
The deeper realities of life often escape common prose. Poetry is the attempt to express that which is not easily expressible. Poetry speaks the things that defy being spoken.
Serving people who can't reciprocate your benevolence is a good thing. Learning not to feel slightly defrauded that they don't is better.
We need to wonder what the old U.S. self has to say to the new U.S. self, and what it might finally look like to "put off" the old self.
Would it be the worst thing in the world to curl up in a blanket with a bowl of cereal and watch cartoons? This is the Lord's day. Enjoy it.
Our compulsion to consume news risks filling us with an anxiety and outrage that can enervate our ability to act. It lures us into a kind of idolatry—thinking that it all depends on us.
God fills our cups, not just until there is enough, but until they overflow with so much goodness that we can't help but share it.
It occurs to me that my guilt reflects vanity and weak faith. Taking responsibility for one's actions is good; nagging guilt, however, is evidence of self-absorption, turning away from God.
You have the very best superpower of all: the Holy Spirit. The power of grace. The power to dream. The power to choose solidarity over privilege, and understanding over judgment.
Pain and oppression have lasting consequences, scrawled across generations, written into our bones. So God images true restoration: of meaningful reparation, of healing down to the bone.
After Easter, the disciples gathered together often, trying to make sense of life without Jesus.
Your call to follow Jesus may put you at risk. It may make you naked, vulnerable. It may make you the target of trolls. Amidst it all: get your rest, love your God.
Mending broken relationships is not only personal, it is our work as stewards of God's creation. There is more that can be mended than we know.