Daily Devotionals

The following “Daily Devotionals” are provided through the

United Church of Christ Website.

To read the full devotional, please click the Title of the devotional and you will be directed to the UCC website. We only keep the current month listed on this page.


Roar-Cancelling Headphones

Thank God for Advent. Claiming that Jesus’ coming is good news means listening, noticing what God needs me to pay attention to.


Lean In

Get in the game. Are you, am I, standing on the sidelines, or are we in the game—all the way in? It’s difficult to win if you don’t get on the field.


Christmas in Nineveh

This world can be unfair and broken, but there is still so much hope left to claim. When the Prince of Peace comes to us all we will take notice, listen, and dare to change.


Why We Love Hypocrites

Pointing out someone else’s hypocrisy is a great way to deflect attention from my own inconsistences. ‘Hey look! There’s a way bigger hypocrite over there!’


A Tale of Two Clocks

I’m thankful for the reminder that God’s time isn’t about my to-do lists. God’s time is about the interconnected breaths and moments that remind us we all belong to each other.


Not to Be Served, but to Serve

The trappings of national religion don’t seem quite right for the sovereign we await, who arrives as a vulnerable child, who will die at the hands of the State.


Come, Lord Jesus

Jesus’ coming is not what many people imagine. ‘Come, Lord Jesus’ is nothing short of a plea for the renewal of humanity, an indictment of the distinctions we have made ultimate.


I Have Seen Enough!

I have glimpsed enough to be convinced that the things of God that are invisible have the power to transform lives, congregations, communities, and even societies.


Stranger at the Table

May you and all those gathered with you know the difference between being healed and being saved, between being fed and being blessed. May you not take for granted grace and beauty.


Redirected

I am slowly learning that you can’t conquer a tantrum. When my kids’ emotions get too big for them, I can only enter the whirlwind and offer them a hand: an anchor and a way out.


Getting It Right

Is God’s grace for you? For us? Could it be for all? It’s not something we can earn by opening our commentaries, or learning Greek, or getting it right. It’s a gift freely given.


Displaced

What we have done to others cannot be undone, yet God calls us to the hard work of building community for all people, that love and justice that reflect God’s measure.


Majestic and Mighty

Jesus was a good friend, even to those who had no other friends. But sometimes I rely too heavily on my cozy friend Jesus. Today, Reign of Christ Sunday, Jesus is our Salvation.


Pawns in the Game

The television show The Wire has taught me many things. Like: know the board you’re on, the rules of the game. The chessboard favors a monarch, but our God lifts up the poor.


Refuge

Sometimes we need the refuge of a strong fortress. But sometimes we need a refuge of a place to rest and refuel, a safe place to nest and bring forth new life.


What Revelation Reveals

Revelation does not reveal the future. Revelation reveals us—exposes our privilege and proximity to power and, by God, offers a way out.


On Distance

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.


The Truths in Triggers

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.


Right Directions

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.


Be A Burden

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?


Ask and Receive

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.


Toss Off Those Blankets!

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.


Why Love is the Greatest

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.


Like Parent, Like Child

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.


Face to Face

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


Until the Morning Star Rises in Your Heart

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.


Fluff

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


My First Hobby

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.


No Tears Left

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.


When?

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.


Rejoicing Instead of Complaining

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.


Stature

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.


Down

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.


Don’t Pray for Me

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


Jesus Can Be a Little Much

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.


Better Together

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


Christ the Couturier

Is character something we can put on and cast off as easily as a thrift store find? Is there integrity to this fashion show? Let compassion, kindness, humility be our favorite outfits.


Disguises

Alexa is fundamentally a disguise, set up to give humans the power we think we deserve. God is fundamentally not a disguise, but one who connects with us by choice.


Ambiguation

When your power depends on having no surprises, it will take a huge effort to keep control. Note to self: when I’m scared of the unknown, it’s time to pray.


An Oldie but Goodie

Maybe I’m not the only one who needs a song to take me to a time and place filled with promise, to remind me of the things I have already won when the world gets to be too much.


Death

If we come to peace with our mortality, let us never come to peace with Death as the shattering power that distorts and destroys life as God intended it.


The Hills Are Alive

The wildness of the way still has beauty and bounty, even when the path is overgrown. The paths through the hills are still dressed in God’s joy, no matter the brambles.


This I Know

Mrs. Harrison is the first teacher I remember in Sunday School. She had a gentle smile, a modest bouffant, and she made sure I learned the most important thing: “Jesus loves me.”


How Lovely

Your home, O God, is in the mess and the mistakes as well as the grace and the gratitude. Your home is in all that makes me who I am.


Adjust Your Crown

When we are not feeling our defense and strength, we do well to adjust our crowns, knowing ourselves to be residents of God’s households, anointed for immense possibility.


Hope in the Rain

Strengthen your heart as you wait for God’s early and late rain. Be patient. Show endurance. Dig and hope.


Judgy Jesus

Don’t fall for the divine, dual-personality theory about God and the Bible. God is both gracious and wrathful, and we need God’s wrath as much as we need God’s grace.


Please, Please, Please

Please…please…please…please? Please? PLEASE? PLEASE? Pleeeeeeeaaaase? Amen.


Rest.

The right time for sabbath is not when our work is finished, but when it has piled up until we cannot see over it into a hopeful future.


Mizpah

In a world of lies and rumors, contractual loopholes and selective memory, we need more mizpah in our lives—symbols of mutual respect and standards of justice.


For a Sardine

When we are weak, needing kindness, we rarely gravitate towards the perfect and the pure. When what we need is mercy, we look for someone reeking of sardines.


This Land Is Our Land

Land is not mine or yours or theirs or ours. Land belongs to God, who gifts it to us, who lets us dwell in places. No one wins when we steal God’s land from one another.


Powers and Principalities

Put on the full armor of God in the struggle against evil. Just be sure it’s God’s Adversary you’re struggling against, and not God’s children.


Stubborn Loyalty

What if—instead of quitting the communities that fail us (church, PTA, book club)—we practice stubborn loyalty, trusting that the crucible will make us all stronger and gentler?


Active Ingredient

Gratitude challenges the status quo and disrupts injustice. Gratitude calls us into a new way of living and being, for the healing of the world.


The Facebook Creep

Anger is a valid emotion, yet stewing in anger can eat away at our wholeness. Stewing in anger through Facebook creeping can hurt our journeys toward healing.


The Power of Being Prayed For

Thoughts and prayers get a bad rap these days, but being prayed for is very powerful when we feel disconnected and disempowered. What might happen if you ask for prayer?


Don’t Kill the Messenger

When something stresses me out, my inclination is to ignore it. But when the smallest provocation angers me, it’s a sure sign that there’s a reality I am trying to deny.


Bed Bugs

When Jesus said, “Do not store up treasures on earth,” I don’t think he wasn’t talking about people who live on little. Jesus was talking to the pampered people, like me.


Trinity

The beauty of the Holy Trinity is that it pushes us past definitions for God—beyond protector God, beyond tangible Jesus, beyond surprising Spirit. Because we need them all.


Doubting Your Doubt

Is doubt to be accepted or rejected in faith? When does doubt indicate humility, the willingness to be wrong? And when doubt mask as fear, the unwillingness to take risks in faith?


Let the Spirit of the Lord Rise

Living right doesn’t save us from harm. Job was a blameless man, but his friends said he must have deserved his misfortune. May our faith never blame victims for their suffering.


Sleepy Jesus

Many of us could use more sleep. Maybe Jesus teaches us to be faithful nappers, so confident and well-rested in divine presence that we are not sunk by every crisis that assails us.


Projecting Francis

Francis of Assisi wasn’t all peace songs and birdbaths. He questioned Christians’ docility in the face of wrong and contested our easy sentimentality about God.


Triumph of the Meek

The work of reform needs quiet fighters as well as front line mavericks. Meekness is not weakness in the perseverance toward change.


Extra Credit

I’d love to be perfect, God, but we both know that’s not going to happen. Help me pass with a B+ is all I ask.


I Remember Your Name in the Night

I remember a lot of things at night: the emails not answered, the deadlines missed, the cookies I shouldn’t have eaten. I am practicing remembering God’s name above all.


When Your Mother Dies

Before death and after death, O God, let us figure out who we and others really are—each unique to ourselves, not only seen through the lens of others.


A Horizon of Hope

Even when we are discouraged about the state of the world—especially when we are discouraged by the state of the world—we live by our best hopes and by God’s promise of love.


Faith in Lament

Hurting people need to know that lament is not the absence of faith. Folx need to know that it is okay to cry out in pain when God’s promised protection is not evident.


A Flaming Arrow

Christianity isn’t about our doing or achievements. It’s about a love that loves us first—a persistent, intrusive, relentless, reckless love, like a flaming arrow.


Just Wednesday Night

I like to imagine us all as sparrows and swallows, finding little corners of this sacred space to make our homes—a divine ecosystem, all happy to dwell under the same roof.


The Pennies on the Floor

The real call to sacrificial giving rests on those who have much: not just pennies on the floor of the minivan or change from a cappuccino. What’s your giving temperament?


The Safety for Which They Long

The debate remains if inhospitality to immigrants is ‘who we are’ as a nation. But it is not who our God is. Our God prioritizes the needy and ‘the safety for which they long.’


Impossible Things

I think rationality is overrated. I doubt we can motor through a single day unless, as Lewis Carroll wrote, we are willing to believe six impossible things before breakfast.


A Prayer for Today

Regardless of the events in the nation or the world today, we all need to heed the call to pray for everyone: for those in high positions, for ourselves, and for the human family.


Universal Sick Care

The difference isn’t between the ‘sick’ and ‘healthy.’ The difference is between those who know they are finite beings and those who are in denial.


Rainbow Man

Maybe looking people in the eye and telling them, ‘God loves you irrevocably’ won’t soften our hearts and end all harm. I dunno. But let’s try anyway and see what happens.


Inheritance

We don’t get a say in our inheritance, the pains transmitted from ancestor to descendant. But the emotional and spiritual inheritance that we leave behind? That’s another story.


Use of Sense

We don’t have to be superheroes to sense when something is wrong. God created us with sensitive capabilities to have insight, to be attuned, to be proactive instead of silent.


A Long Defeat

Unless we know our weakness, we start believing that the world’s betterment hinges on us, that we are saviors. Unless we relinquish the solace of outcomes, the work turns bitter.


Dropping Our Demands

We can travel more lightly if we drop our demands along the way and pick up our gratitude gear. We can enjoy the world that God made and is remaking.


Your People

Maybe you woke up thinking about some catastrophe, and you shouted at God, ‘These are your people.’ Don’t be surprised when God points to them and says, ‘They are your people.’


Back to School

Jesus was forever crossing borders visible and invisible, tearing down fences and walls, and enlarging pastures so that all could live in safety, peace and plenty.


The Leaf

Does the leaf know the changing seasons, the looming changes, the shifting light? Does it welcome the transformation? Do we notice and have the courage to welcome change?


Always Dealing with God

In crisis, we might be tempted to blame or belittle God. But Eugene Peterson suggests that current events call us to ‘immediate awareness that … we are always dealing with God.’


A Serious Question for a Horrible Day

On this day, of all days, we repent of our divisive ways, we commit to cooperate instead of conspire, and we find our security in the God of Many Names and No Borders.


Noonday Demon

If you’ve been gripped by self-doubt and felt the overwhelming urge to run and hide, Psalm 91 says, ‘Go for it!’ Imagine God as a big ol’ bird with a down chest to snuggle against.


Ditch Happens

It’s easy to aspire to be the Good Samaritan. It requires deeper, spiritual work to relate to the one who feels abandoned in the ditch. But ditch happens. To all of us.


Shadow Blessings

In the eyes of God, “darkness” is not an underbelly, not an underdog position, not a thing to fear. Darkness is healing space, resting space, uninterrupted space for blessings.


Enemies

Holy One, when we encounter trouble and opposition, help us to know if it’s because we’re following your will or our own.


Paradox

God is so much more than you or I can imagine. And so you and I, created in the divine image, are much more than we can imagine, too.


Biblical Marriage?

Many a heart has been tuned more closely to God through interfaith exploration. Because God is bigger than any one religion. And all of them.


Not A Book, A Bottle

Of all the things God tracks, merits and sins are the least. Our griefs in life and love, our tossings and tears—those God carefully collects. Not in a book, but in a bottle.


Expiration Date

For all of us engaged in the fights to establish peace and justice, it’s reassuring to know that our efforts are not in vain. The reigns of evil are only seasonal.


The Diet That Will Change Your Life

There are good reasons to be mindful about food. Almost none of them are of ultimate import. None of them are going to get you what I suspect you may really be starving for.


Ego Issues

Pride was not created for human beings, according to Sirach. For whom then—or for what—was pride created? For the sun or the tree or the bird? Or perhaps for the Holy Eternal One.


Keep Christianity Weird

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither enslaved nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:28 (NIV)


Coveting Calm

How does Jesus calm us in severe storms? By giving us neighbors. By making us environmentalists. By showing us courage in people who come through the big blows.


Word Choices

Is there room in our disagreements for loving kindness as well as faithful rage? Can we practice compassion alongside righteous indignation?


Holy Disobedience

Maybe we don’t all feel called to civil disobedience. But as Christians, we are all called to holy disobedience to disrupt harm, both in the streets and in our churches.


To the Churches

We often read the Bible as if it’s addressed only to individuals. Except it mostly isn’t. How does it change our understanding to know that Scripture’s words are not for us alone?


Today

There is a tomorrow. And if there is a tomorrow, that must mean there is a today. And today is as good a time as any to start again.


Questions and Answers

“How am I going to do this?” is a very good question. May the answer be “never alone.”


Lord of the Sabbath

I have loved rules. Many times, I have stood in fields of abundance but have noticed only rule infractions. But among Christ’s many names, none of them is The Lord of the Rules.


Refugee

Many of us have been thinking and talking about refugees. And many of us who think and talk about refugees have options for staying safe. May those without options find mercy.


Wrapped Around a Rock

Pinyon pine trees in northern New Mexico have roots that are 20 feet long, curling around rocks to hold them against storms. What are our lives wrapped around and holding onto?


Render the Tender

It’s said that life is God’s gift to us and what we do with life is our gift back to God. I take it a step further: My life belongs to God. My life is God’s currency in the world.


Scoffers? Pshaw. Scoffers are losers.

What if we could disagree with someone and still treat them with respect? If we could be angry without belittling others? If we could remember that God loves the person we’re scoffing?


The Blessing of the Darkness

Even as communities lose their rights and neighbors flee their persecution, the depths of our commitments to each other are gestating in the great womb that promises new life.


A “Grown Folks’ Conversation”

The life of our faith and the life of our nation are dependent upon those who have experienced joys and pains, agonies and ecstasies, sharing with those who do not yet know.


What the Story Is About

I’ve believed that I deserve life’s storms. I’ve believed it serves me right. And I’ve known the feeling of relief when adversity subsides, when the end allows me to begin again.


Hide and Seek

Notice to notice. Remember to remember. Pray to pay attention and to appreciate—knowing that such a prayer is already and regularly granted.


But Which Tune?

Music helps words soar above the everyday. Words help music sink deeply into our spirits. And there is no one version of the music and words that can be defined as “traditional.”


The Earth

Many of us are understandably panicked about climate chaos. The earth has been torn asunder, violently shaken, utterly broken. But God can fix what is broken, with enough time.


Big-Big!

God is not just big, but big-big! Big-big enough to not be swayed by privilege. Big-big enough to fairly treat parentless children. Big-big enough for all to have what they need.


Fire and Brimstone

I don’t know if God is still good. I suspect God’s righteousness is tarnished. But we’re called to keep searching for goodness—and for one another—through the fire and brimstone.


We’ve Come This Far

Take a moment today to give thanks for your heroes in faith. Take another moment to recall the twists and turns in your own journey, and how grace keeps pulling you forward.


The Story I Tell

When I tell a story of fear, I find plenty to be afraid of. When I focus on scarcity, there is not enough. But when I remember the story of love, I notice it’s unmistakably true.


Stop Scaring Bears

God’s ‘peaceable kingdom’ between humans and animals is not for our entertainment. These days, the peaceable kingdom often needs us to leave the animals alone to live in peace.


Silent God

‘Silence is golden,’ but following God isn’t about silencing. It’s about listening. It’s about considering Something More Important. It’s about honoring the roar of God’s voice.


It’s Not All Up to You

Sometimes our not doing allows something to be done for us and in us that is far more wonderful than we might accomplish on our own through our striving and worry.


Please Check Your Privilege, It’s Too Large to Carry On

As a white person, I carry privilege all the time.  Privilege of which I am not even aware. Privilege that just makes me want more privilege. It’s past time to check that baggage.


Free Range God

King David had misgivings about a “free-range God.” Quite often, so do we: preferring God to stay where we put Them as a mirror of our own values and biases.


Your Money or Your Love

“Good Jesus, money matters. We need it. But don’t let us damage relationships to get it. Don’t let our hearts fill with cash the space that is reserved for love.”


Just Checking

Spontaneity can be grossly overrated. Serendipitous moments are exciting but hardly sustaining. Sustained discipleship requires a lot of preparation and a lot of checks and balances.


Water

Bless a baptismal font filled with water, and you have before you: the stuff you’re made of, more important than food, stronger than stone. Not just a symbol of grace but the real thing.


God, Help Me Not to Mess This Up

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19


Your Children are Not Your Children

We who parent are a tool in the hand of the Divine, working with the wood grain of children to help them become who God intends them to be. But God alone is the Carpenter.


Cursing

Do we attract folks when we use modern vernacular in the life of faith? Or is that taking the Lord’s name in vain? Are we against cursing or are we against people being damned?


Living the Risen Life

“A new kind of life” sounds pretty good to me since the old kind of life I have lived often has left a lot to be desired. Resurrection reminds me that Christ keeps working in me.


For the Sake of Love

In the midst of evil, Abraham lifted up the possibility for transformation. He pointed out that goodness was not lost. Abraham reminded God that love will win. Love will win!


Jesus the Warrior

Is God still fighting against all that diminishes, distorts, and destroys Life? Are we also combatants in that struggle for Life against Death and evil?


A Story with Absolutely No Connection to Our Own Times

An adviser to a country’s leader has an ax to grind about a certain people. He tells the leader they’re lawless and should not be tolerated. So Esther’s story goes. May we read and learn.


Not Safe for Worship

We might go to church avoiding questions about our job (laid off) or our academic prospects (failed) or our spiritual health (doubtful). But the church began among hurting people.


What’s Your Name?

Jesus was not the first or the last person to choose their own name. How does it change your relationship if you call them by their chosen name? You will not know until you try.


Lawyers

Good lawyers sort through information and come up with the point that needs to be heard. In Luke 10, it’s this: Love. Love fully. Love God and neighbor and self, all three.


Learn Your Lessons

It can be a rhyme or a sunset that teaches us of God’s love. It can be an earworm or an alphabet that keeps us honest in relationship to one another. So long as we learn the lesson.


Holy Advocacy

I love advocacy and activism, but I’m not always motivated to do it, mostly because I’m comfortable. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit has something much better in mind than comfort.


Repair

When there’s been a breach, apologies matter. Words matter. But when the breach is in the form of stolen wealth, wealth is the only thing that can repair it.


Far More than We Can Imagine

The Apostle Paul trusted the God of infinite imagination, and we are encouraged to do the same. Whether we’re trying to envision a just world or the healing of our own hearts.


Can I Live Here?

The invitation to kick back, relax and get comfortable living in God’s beautiful and holy place is not nearly as unattainable as many of us assume. It is evident daily.


Payback

Payback always means more violence. It punishes, but it doesn’t fix a thing and it doesn’t satisfy. All you’re left with is a corroded heart.


Comma Campaigns

We are rapidly learning new languages—and it is not always easy. I personally don’t speak Facebook or Instagram. It’s a good thing God is still speaking while we are all finding our way.


Distinctions Without Difference

A beautiful thing about worship: it levels the distinctions between people. People just want to be one person among the people of God. Also, coffee. Coffee is non-negotiable.


The Word is Very Near You

God, nudge me out of analysis paralysis when it comes to knowing what you want me to do, and then acting on it. You have said it’s not too hard. I’m taking you at your word. Amen.


Tick Tock

We work hard at getting and keeping what we’ve got at any cost. Sometimes we’re so focused on doing things right that we forget to do the right thing


Dancing

The rain bucketed down, an unwelcome sight at summer camp on a Thursday afternoon. Campers and counselors alike watched it sadly from beneath streaming roofs.


When Works Don’t Work

Perhaps you sometimes work your faith to the bone. Perhaps you sometimes work-love yourself into exhaustion. And maybe you wonder what difference it all makes.


Small, Strange Miracles

Miraculous things can happen when spiritual communities are on the move. People take a chance—to lend an ax-head, to rent a theater, to extend kindness that makes life livable.


We Choose Prayer

When you feed the hungry, you feed the soul. Serving a meal without a prayer feels as ridiculous as serving soup without a spoon. So we keep praying at meals.


Burn

You would do well to know the difference between being consumed and being afire. Burn for God’s message in you. 


The Gospel for the Person Who Has Everything

Some of the most important things in life happen not with another victory, but with a surrender. Like letting ourselves be loved. 


Body Talk

I feel the tiredness all in my body. Perhaps my body is calling me back to myself. To slow down and take notice. To breathe into those places that are painfully holding on to tension.


Religious Liberty is Neither

If Jesus served and was served by people of different faith, values and customs, we are called to do likewise.


Oh Say, Can You See?

Make us good citizens of this realm, O God, by making us better citizens of yours, eyes on the prize and committed to closing the distance.


Beyond Bravery

Our greatest challenge is not in dying but in living our lives in the fullness of our values and purpose. Life that is disconnected from value and purpose is mere existence.


Scream

Our son had never been in such a big Pride parade.


Chicken Pants

The word of correction that comes out a shout.


Spiritual Arteriosclerosis

A hardened heart is arteriosclerosis of the spirit, the refusal to feel anymore. Hanging on to the ability to care, the ability to feel, the ability to hurt is not for babies.


A Birthday Gift

The ancient teachers tell us: heaven is both now and not yet. Something coming, something already here. Appreciation for today. Love that is big enough to hold eternity.


Body Talk

I feel the tiredness all in my body. Perhaps my body is calling me back to myself. To slow down and take notice. To breathe into those places that are painfully holding on to tension.


Examine Yourselves

At least for a chunk of today, ease up on the kids, on the co-workers, the politicians, the neighbors, the spouse, and just do your own work as honestly and courageously as you can.


Coming Down the Mountain

God, today a few thousand UCC leaders come down the mountain from General Synod 32. May the blessing they’ve received, renew us all.


Our Dread Enemies

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.


The Voice

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.


Fear Cannot Take the Lead

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.


Riparian Faith Communities

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.


Be Like Daryl

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.


The Wickedest Man in the World

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.


Crying with Permission

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.


Song and Celebration

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.


Robin Hood

Serving people who can’t reciprocate your benevolence is a good thing. Learning not to feel slightly defrauded that they don’t is better.


New Selves Don’t Whitewash History

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.


Relax, It’s Saturday

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.


Knowledge and Wisdom

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.


Not Just For Funerals

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.


Guilty

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. 


Holy Spirit Super Power

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.


The Years the Locust Has Eaten

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.


All Together

After Easter, the disciples gathered together often, trying to make sense of life without Jesus.


Interrupted

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.


Willows

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.


Depression

“Jesus, have mercy.” I say it out loud and Depression turns his head, shushes me. “Jesus! Have mercy!” I say it louder this time to the Healer who is holding a hand out to me.


The Greatest Superpower

Jesus sent the seventy out two by two, not one by one. That makes friendship the greatest superpower in the universe.


Guests among Guests

If our churches aren’t very inclusive, it might be because we have mistaken ourselves for the Giver of the Feast. We’re not hosts extending invitations. We’re guests among guests.


Not Easily Dismissed

Paul knew that he and Silas had been treated unjustly, and he insisted that the city officials acknowledge their injustice. Is this a biblical precedent for reparations?


Unannoyed

I bet there’s somebody in your church whose way of pointing to God embarrasses you. You cringe when every time; you long for them to stop. But maybe God likes their way of praising.


Bread

Each of us needs something to hold or hug or wave so we remember the people and places we love, so we remember the reasons we march and keep vigil. 


The Happiest Place on Earth

The church is not perfect. Our messes are often on grand display. But there’s something about the sweaty realness of Here that is preparation for There—for God’s envisioned kin-dom.


Missing Out

No matter how bad things are now, missing their natural progression can be even worse. God, grant us the gift of one step after the other.


Down with Chaos!

God of majesty and might, bring order to chaos, understanding to confusion, and your sweet peace to every place of disruption.


A Revelation Revisited

We do not need a structure and a steeple to be the Church today. We are the embodiment of God’s purpose, promise and power at work in the world.


New

God’s capacity to make all things new—especially when all our hope is gone and our own resources are spent—is the heart of the gospel. “Impossible” is where this God begins.


Selling Purple Cloth…for Jesus

I’ve learned that the passionate voice inside me (which can sometimes sound like an arrogant twerp) is rarely calling others to greater faithfulness. It’s calling me.


Noticed

When I don’t fit in with the crowd, or I can’t see my way clear, I try to get a better view of Jesus. If Jesus noticed Zacchaeus, surely he notices me, too.


Remembering to Praise

If this is the last day before tomorrow, what else should I be doing but praising God?


Gates

Where is the gate of righteousness at our southern border? Who will offer God’s protection? How far are the righteous willing to go to care for children? May God help us with answers.


Seed Investments

We invest in the gospel by faith, not knowing what or when or if the investment will pay off. Lord of the harvest, free us from the need to see the results of our service and our love.


With All Your Mind

Who taught you to love God with all your mind?


Lazy Sundays are the Worst

What does it mean to be saved from aimlessness?


Confusing Christ

“I would go to church, but I don’t like Jesus all that much. He’s confusing.” I wonder if Jesus would be less confusing, and the church more attractive, if his followers were more committed.


They Will Know Me by My Love

God’s checklist and my internalized checklist of shame are incompatible. I don’t have to fit into rigid boxes to be part of the beloved community.


Sovereign Submission

Each sovereign nation must submit itself to the sovereignty of global peace and international justice. It is the only recognition that can save the planet and the people on it.


Threat

When Christ says, “I’ll come in and eat with you,” it sounds like a tender pledge. But it’s more like a threat: a threat of barrier-breaking intimacy, a threat to disrupt every caste.


Making Great Bread

I’m not sure that becoming a new creature is something that gets done once and for all. In fact, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t. Becoming a new creature in Christ is a full-time job.


Just One

I come from God and will return to God. The psalmist’s highest aspiration is to be one sheep in God’s flock. Not the best. Not the wooliest. Not the bleat-ing-est. Just one in God’s many.


Make a Joyful Noise!

What noises accompany the activities that bring you joy? Maybe it’s an instrument or voice, the hum of a sewing machine or the rasp of a pencil. Make a joyful noise to the Lord!


From Guru to Gospel

Every Christian is called to be a finger pointing to God—whether or not we live out the gospel perfectly. We worship the Creator, not the creature.


Here’s the Steeple

Hear the many prayers of gratitude from those who look to church to keep from running aground in the fog or during a moonless night. Amen.


Good Pleasure

No one ever comes to me seeking “don’t worry” platitudes or a privilege-centric “be not afraid.” They are worried, panicked, grasping at straws … and I am not Jesus.


Messy Sheep

Sheep are a mess. The evidence of their presence turns a pasture brown. Clearly they are thoughtless, clumsy beings who need to be led in right paths. I could sympathize.


Kayaking in the Cold

The river wants to flow where it wants to flow. God’s grace and mercy are like that. Grace wants to go where it wants to go. Mercy wants to flow widely.


No More Deaths

It is legal to leave water for non-human animals in the desert. Leaving water for humans who crossed the border illegally is a federal crime. O God, may love never be criminal. Amen.


The Bible’s Church Growth Plan

What if church growth was less about a plan or a program and more about an orientation, an attitude, a way of being? What if the most attractive feature of your church was peace?


Jury Duty

God, sometimes I am as oblivious and heartless as Saul. Thank you for knocking me off my horse to see how I have hurt you, and your beloveds.


No One

Let us pray for those who have no one to pray for them. For some people, the Spirit’s intercession is not Plan B. Her sighs are the only plan to lift their loneliness to God.


The Door Is Still Open

John of Patmos saw an open door in heaven, an open channel through which faith could operate boldly and imaginatively. God has left that door open for each of us.


I Wish I Were a Simpleton

God, for every compromised pleasure I have lost, you have a thousand perfect ones in store. Reveal some to me now, so that I can stop whining. Amen.


Transitions

Ours is a God who knows the journey, who is on the move, who goes ahead of us. You will be upheld. You will be sustained, in your going out and coming in. Trust this.


With a Love that Casts Out Fear

“‘Do not be afraid.’ Yes, the lilies of the field will be adorned and the birds of the air will eat. And how much more does your Creator love you? You will be well. Read more of today’s Daily devotional by John C. Dorhauer


Spirit Prompts

“The Kin-dom of God needs your Spirit-prompted vision. Do you see trouble? Write it. Beauty? Write that. Solidarity? Write that, too. Or speak it, or draw it, or sculpt it.” Read more of today’s Daily devotional by John A. Nelson


A Slogan for All Seasons

“God, we remember all workers today. Forgive us for the ways in which we take workers for granted. Give us the courage and wisdom to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for all.” Read more of today’s Daily devotional by Marilyn Pagán-Banks


Where Are Your Wounds?

“When the risen Jesus appeared to his disciples, he bore his wounds. Are we bearing the wounds of something worth fighting for? They are the sign that we fought the good fight.” Read more of today’s Daily devotional by Tony Robinson


Superpowers

“It has never been easy to be a follower of Jesus Christ. It was never meant to be. We don’t have superpowers, just faith, and it is enough.” Read more of today’s Daily devotional by Richard L. Floyd


The Breath of Praise

“On Hawai’i’s coast, I have seen and heard the majesty of earth’s own breath. Inhaling and exhaling, in destruction and in creation, what can it do but praise the LORD?” Read more of today’s Daily devotional by Eric Anderson


Believe It or Not

“If Peter had believed immediately, he might never have gone out to see for himself. Instead, he let his unbelief pull him forward. Where will you let your unbelief carry you today?”


Wrapped

“In intimate encounters with the holy, I desperately want to cling so tightly to my protector, my maker. I’m terrified that if I don’t, something bad will happen. But Jesus already knows that God’s embrace on us never yields.” Read more of today’s Daily devotional by Kaji Douša


A Resurrection Recount

“Fasting and prayer were Lent’s spiritual disciplines. How about a Resurrection Recount for Eastertide? In the 50 days ahead, let’s take time to recount the God’s deeds in our lives.” Read more of today’s Daily devotional by Talitha Arnold.


Rejected … then Resurrected

Kenneth L. Samuel

No rejection is indicative of our divine destiny. The power of the resurrection is the power to step outside the molds of safe assimilation to be the authentic presence God created us to be.


Dead

Mary Luti

We hold our breath and wait: “For the world now groaning, is there life? Is there life for you, Holy One?”


Last Tuesday

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.


Commandment

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.”


Silent Wednesday

Jennifer Brownell

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?


The Name Beyond Names

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.


A Pound of Pure Nard

Talitha Arnold

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.


Donkeys and Disciples

Vicki Kemper

Sometimes ignorance is bliss. Sometimes it is easier to be donkey than disciple.


Out of the Mouths of Babes

Vince Amlin

God, give me the eyes of a child to see the richness of my life. And keep the party going.


Unlikely Bed-buddies

Matt Laney

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.


“You’re a Fool”

Lillian Daniel

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.


Growth Mindset

Molly Baskette

We are all lifelong learners, Jesus says, and there’s only one Teacher. So if you think you’re wise, get over yourself.


Why Did Jesus Bother?

Tony Robinson

When our plans and predictions go bust and our expectations aren’t fulfilled, God is still God.


Speak Life

Marchaé Grair

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.


A Change of Heart

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

Tony Robinson

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.


Souls in Prison

Kaji Douša

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.


Inseparable

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.


From the Complaint Department

Mary Luti

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.


Rogue

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.


Saying So

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.


Sola Gratia

Jennifer Brownell

Maybe you struggle to be assured that grace is boundless and that you are sufficient just as you are. If so, take heart. You are not alone. I am with you. Many people are with you. And God, no matter what, is with you.


Holy Invitations

John A. Nelson

What is most real, most connected with the life-giving breath of Holy One is all around you, is with you now, ready to carry you to fullness of life.


Get a Move On

Talitha Arnold

Has your enthusiasm for Lent’s journey worn off? You can do it. The journey is hard, but keep going. Something like Easter is waiting.


Never Again

Vicki Kemper

If God can have a change of heart, so can we.


Two Kinds of People

Vince Amlin

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are blessed and those who are also blessed.


No Prophets in the Family

Matt Laney

Sometimes the experience of Jesus way-back-when blocks our ability to recognize him here-and-now.


Sloths Are Not Slothful

Lillian Daniel

Creator of all Creatures, thank you for feeding our various needs at our various speeds.


Worldly Wisdom and God’s Foolishness

Molly Baskette

Human wisdom says: “The one who dies with the most toys, wins.” God’s wisdom says: “What do people gain from all their toil under the sun?”


The Big Sound of Eternity

Donna Schaper

The truth about eternity is that it is connected to now. There is no later when it comes to eternity. It is not a bargain nor can it be postponed.


From Light to Sugar

Kaji Douša

Fasting from the profits of the world is too hard to do without fervent prayer and radical generosity. So often, we climb upon the backs of others in order to reap our short-term rewards. But at what personal cost?


Let God Do the Talking

Marchaé Grair

So often, people with good intentions try to speak about the heart of God without seeking God. Are you ready to seek?


God Will Not Be Left Without Witnesses!

Richard L. Floyd

Across generations, there is a story of good news of the God who remains faithful.


Love and Let Go

Tony Robinson

What happens when a career, a building, a gift, a treasure, is surrendered or lost? Who are we then? Is God still God?


Interruptions

Donna Schaper

Not knowing what to do next is often the best platform for finding the unusual. Holy One, permit us to understand interruptions as sacraments.


Still on the Chase

Kenneth L. Samuel

God is the love that never leaves us alone.


Getting Things Right

Donna Schaper

The pivot from suffering to joy, from pursuing “right-ness” to pursuing community, is found in the choice to love, even if all we have is a little love left in our broken hearts.


Holiness Code

Quinn G. Caldwell

Listen, and I will tell you a mystery: God doesn’t love your rules. God loves God’s people.


Boasting of Grace

Emily C. Heath

Far from what I thought Christians believed when I was growing up, it turns out that God doesn’t require perfection from us in order to love us.


Would You Rather?

Jennifer Brownell

Worry or regret seem to choose me in the middle of the night. Invariably, I choose them back. Maybe it’s time to try something different—to see the steadfastness of God’s presence with me the whole time.


A Promise that Bears Repeating

John A. Nelson

A wise friend said that as soon as you say, “It can’t happen,” the possibilities you have not yet seen start to shrivel and die. So stretch your imagination. God is there and then, here and now.


A God Who Can Take It

Talitha Arnold

We don’t have to pretend everything is okay when it isn’t. We don’t have to protect God from our anger or anguish. God can take it.


Blessed Wilderness

Vicki Kemper

Lent is a time to learn who and whose we are, to prepare for what is to come, to create a life-shaping bond with the Holy One that not even death will be able to break.


In Body or Spirit

Vince Amlin

We confess and pray: Defier of Labels, teach me to meet my neighbors in their fullness.


The Choice to Rejoice

Matt Laney

The discipline of rejoicing is an act of resistance when injustices and struggles pile up. If we do that much, we triumph.


Parents are Dreamers, Too

Lillian Daniel

Dream big, bold, and brave. God bless the dreamers, young and old, and bless the lands their dreams carry them to.


Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

Kenneth L. Samuel

On this Ash Wednesday we are mindful of the ashes from which we were created.


Bottle

Quinn G. Caldwell

God knows that behind every revenge fantasy and every bit of righteous anger and every unholy wish for our enemies’ demise lies some ancient hurt or old wrong or fresh wound. And God bends down from on high to gather our tears.


Partners

Mary Luti

Still, you can’t offer Mercy to an enemy every week and not start to mean it, even a little. You can’t put Healing in someone’s hand for months on end without something rubbing off.


Not like Raffi

John Edgerton

God give me the courage to be a vessel for Your light, a channel for Your grace, a laborer in the vineyard of Your peaceable Realm.


Come By Here

Elsa Cook

Hope can feel impossible and maybe even absurd. But hope is more than issues and ideas. Hope is where we find God.


Abusers

Kaji Douša

The most effective prayers for abusers are offered from the strength garnered with distance. Pray with your cheek far from the strike and find your strength.


Homeless

Donna Schaper

Congregations are soup kitchens for the spiritually hungry, shelters for the spiritually homeless, nests for the baby bird in all of us.


Sin and Sickness

Kenneth L. Samuel

God let your deliverance be manifested in our decisions. Amen.


Your Will?

Tony Robinson

Sometimes people are skeptical that we can ever really know God’s will. But maybe the real problem is that, if we ask, we don’t like the answers we get.


Trading Guilt for Grace

Marchaé Grair

Divine One, extend your grace to me and help me extend that same grace to myself. Amen.


Do Not Fret (Easy for You to Say)

Talitha Arnold

Trust. Do good. Take delight. Commit to God’s way. Take the next step, and trust that God is with you.


Handle Your Business

Marilyn Pagán-Banks

The work of restorative justice teaches us that we can and should take the time to hear one another, to acknowledge any harm done and all hurt experienced, to create space to be held accountable, and to do the work necessary to restore the relationship.


Actively Waiting

John A. Nelson

Even now, while the mess and muddle seem to reign supreme, the Holy One is carrying the day.


Make Me a Living Blessing

Ashley Harness

Holy One, help me remember I am blessed so that I might be a living blessing.


A Simple Question

Emily C. Heath

I wonder what Jesus would ask congregations who have been kicking the metaphorical can down the road for years and years, bemoaning a culture that has passed them by, blaming a changing world for declining membership. “Do you want to get well?”


Yes. Period.

Jennifer Brownell

Dance and feast and laugh and shout and share the good news and love one another. Because our Savior says yes.


Unfinished Business

Richard L. Floyd

The Christian life is more like gardening than it is like cooking. You plant seeds, you water and tend your garden, and you wait for God to give the growth.


Planted

Molly Baskette

God, I’m thirsty. I long for rest. Show me the way to Your water, and give me permission to stay there. Amen.


Whose Body? Our Body!

Phiwa Langeni

What if the Body of Christ unapologetically cared for its mentally ill parts and its youthful parts and its kinky parts and its rural parts and its non-binary parts?


Community Care is Self-Care

Chris Davies

We’re intimately connected, one to the other, and God is the energetic thread of love that binds us together.


Glory, Given

Quinn G. Caldwell

Glory isn’t itself unless you’re giving it away. Give it to God, and the whole world will blossom with beauty.


Turning Thirty

Mary Luti

Find the work that is seeking you. Find it, step out in trust, and do it.


Some People Are Saying…

Vince Amlin

In the UCC Pension Boards’ Next Generation Leadership Initiative, I was taught to listen past the specific content of criticism to its relational context.


Sensual

Rachel Hackenberg

Sure, maybe it’s a poem about God.


Nobody Likes a Grumpy Giver

Kaji Douša

Your pastor probably doesn’t think they’re so good at raising money.


The Book that Will Set You Free

Dawson Taylor

I will never forget sitting in front of Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.


On the Road Again

Donna Schaper

A lot of people get a glossy look in our eyes when we say, “I really want to do more traveling.”


The Love You Can’t Keep

Marchaé Grair

On The Good Place, Eleanor is devastated when her soulmate Chidi has his memories erased to avoid sabotaging an experiment.


What They Didn’t Tell You About Baptism

Matt Laney
Whether you are dunked or sprinkled, baptism is the entry-point of Christian life.


Smooth Talker

Lillian Daniel

In the human economy of emotion, love feels conditional, and communication is the currency.


Multiple Choice

Vicki Kemper

The widow of Zarephath had a choice to make: Use what little she had to make one last supper for herself and her son or, instead, use it to feed the bossy prophet who promised his God would provide.


Things I Miss At Home

Kenneth Samuel

The lyrics to Cherrelle’s 1988 hit song are disturbing, yet they express a reality that few of us can deny.


Opportunity to Testify

Jennifer Brownell

The 2016 presidential election unleashed a spasm of violence


There’s More

Tony Robinson

“With God, there’s more: hope for the discouraged, challenge to the smug. God gets the last word.”


Huh?

Jennifer Brownell

God hears you, even when I can’t.


Word Problems

Matt Laney

Gratitude plus generosity equals abundance for all.


Anamnesis

Mary Luti

Communion is our uprising, our resistance.


Fear Not for the Body

Molly Baskette

God is not safe. God may be good, but God never promised us absolute physical safety and security.


All Things to All People

Elissa Johnk

Being everything to everyone usually means nothing to anyone.


With Faith as My Shield & God as My Witness

Kaji Douša

God will shield the part of you that no one can reach. God will witness the violence you have known. God will bring you peace.


Innards

Quinn G. Caldwell

I’m trying to follow Jesus instead of my heart.


Confessions from an All-Nighter

Kit Novotny

When Jesus broke bread that night with his friends, it wasn’t the bread of anxious toil but the bread of life.


Mystery and Magic

Kenneth L. Samuel

Explore and savor the wonder and the magic of love’s garden. Anything else is madness.


Follow Me

Traci Blackmon

Whenever I read the gospel accounts of how Jesus organized The Discipleship Movement I am reminded of how important it is to understand the roles of both leader and ally.


Too Much and Too Little

Vince Amlin

I always have the feeling I’ve said more than I intended to and less than they wanted me to. Too much and too little


Missing Peace

Donna Schaper

There is no peace or economic security. What is missing?


Procrastinators Unite…Tomorrow

Marchaé Grair

Leaning in to God’s plan for me isn’t always easy because I am a control freak.


Rich Food

Matt Laney

When God goes to battle for you, Her weapons of choice are a white tablecloth, a few forks, and a goblet.


Free For All

Vicki Kemper

What is the Spirit’s transforming power worth to you?


God, is it Ever Going to Happen?

Patrick G. Duggan

Like walking and chewing gum, you can have faith and doubt at the same time.


Epiphany

Mary Luti

Even a faint light is light. Even a slight unveiling can illumine the world.


Shoes

Tony Robinson

How will you carry the message of peace far and wide this year? Myself, I think I’d opt for some really good running shoes.


Barefoot on Holy Ground

Emily C. Heath

When Moses comes close to the burning bush God tells him to take off his sandals, because he is on holy ground.


What’s in the Sauce?

Kaji Douša

What is the church serving? Is our offering sweet? Is it lukewarm? Is it barely palatable?


The Long Winter

Molly Baskette

God of every season, help us to love the hard seasons for their own sakes.


The Waters of Life

Talitha Arnold

God promises not to forsake migrants. Neither should we.


Too Old To Be Right

Quinn G. Caldwell

What would happen if, instead of being so damn smart all the time, we trusted someone once in a while?


Worth

Darrell Goodwin-Moultry

What if we believed we were chosen, for this day and for this hour, and that we are worthy?


Death on the Factory Floor

Lillian Daniel

Raise your hands higher to bless the whole world in love and light.


Finding Jesus Imperfectly

Christina Villa

Thank God there’s more than one way to be right.


Satisfied

Vince Amlin

Know you are enough, because God is enough.


Praying for Presidents

Rachel Hackenberg

We pray that those in leadership might love the work of peace more than the work of war.


Global Respect

Kenneth L. Samuel

Defense of the weak, deliverance for the oppressed, and relief for those in poverty: these are the deep needs of our common humanity, no matter our national differences.


By Works Alone

John Edgerton

The constant pursuit of new possibility and new beginnings is holy.


Make Every Moment Your Midnight 

Marchaé Grair

When the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, it’s as if time stops.