United Church of Christ

Books of the Bible: Matthew

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


"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


Vince Amlin

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