United Church of Christ

Books of the Bible: John

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.


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.


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.


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."


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.