United Church of Christ

Books of the Bible: Psalm

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 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.'


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.