Daily Devotional - United Church of Christ

God enters the world in infinite ways. For Christians, the most important way was through a blended, non-traditional family with very imperfect ancestors.

Posted: December 22, 2020, 5:00 am

We want a glimpse of the face of God, reassuring us that we are not alone, that the cycle of death and rebirth has not stalled but will continue.

Posted: December 21, 2020, 5:00 am

Invasive species tend to take over and cause all kinds of problems, and there’s no species more invasive than humans. We’ve left no corner of the planet untouched.

Posted: December 20, 2020, 5:00 am

‘Discipline’ can be overused when it comes from a disciplinarian with an axe to grind. But discipline – the steady practices of disciples – can lead to wonders, too.

Posted: December 19, 2020, 5:00 am

A week before Christmas, we may know the psalmist’s thirst. We may feel their loneliness. If that’s true for you, take time to drink and drink and drink in the river of God’s love.

Posted: December 18, 2020, 5:00 am

Changing times always call for changing strategies, but certain things remain consistent. The thirst for the Love and Grace that regenerates the soul is immutable.

Posted: December 17, 2020, 5:00 am

The Mother cries out, not in death throes but in labor pains, which are just beginning. Hopeful scripture reminds us that at every turning we can call out evildoing.

Posted: December 16, 2020, 6:38 am

In each generation we face tyranny and inequality, famine and oppression. In each generation, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to do our part to knock them down.

Posted: December 15, 2020, 7:17 am

My friend could have written me off, but I’m so blessed she didn’t. I’m unsure who I would be if she had only seen me for who I was and not for who I could be.

Posted: December 14, 2020, 5:00 am

Advent is a season but also a way of life. As a way of life, it means trusting that God is coming even when the evidence of God’s presence and power may seem in short supply.

Posted: December 13, 2020, 5:00 am

In Advent, we kneel in this devastated wasteland of our own making, and thirst and thirst until we finally feel how much we need a savior.

Posted: December 12, 2020, 5:00 am

Instead of tweets, status updates, and word-slinging in the comments section, we can rehumanize the digital distance between our keyboards and people’s screens on the other end.

Posted: December 11, 2020, 5:00 am

Having faith in God’s promises doesn’t let us off the hook. Instead, faith frees us from paralyzing fear and despair. Faith frees us to take courageous action.

Posted: December 10, 2020, 5:00 am

Sometimes you can’t really find the center, because the center is a wheel in the middle of the wheel, which is in the middle of a wheel. Core is lost. Corazon is lost.

Posted: December 9, 2020, 5:00 am

Until the day when Isaiah’s vision comes true – that the wolf lies down with the lamb – we’ll only get glimpses of peace. But those glimpses are worth it.

Posted: December 8, 2020, 5:00 am

The same ol’ same ol’ holiday preparations just won’t do in times such as these. If the Church does not boldly lead in the work of healing and restoration – there will be no peace.

Posted: December 7, 2020, 5:00 am

What can one person do to heal the earth? A lot, it turns out. Simple habits and commitments can have wide impact. Any earth-healing activity lays a red carpet for Christ’s return.

Posted: December 6, 2020, 5:00 am

What sort of person ought you to be while we wait for the holy fire to be kindled: pessimistic or hopeful, grumpy or grateful?

Posted: December 5, 2020, 5:00 am

When that which seems unmovable is removed, and when the earthly foundations of our stability prove to be insecure, the love of God still holds us steady.

Posted: December 4, 2020, 5:00 am

Advent is a time when we think about the coming of Christ and the promise that this arrival brings. But the danger of Advent is resigning to inaction as we wait.

Posted: December 3, 2020, 5:00 am