United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Christina Villa

What thoughts floating around your head cause you to sink into a kind of low-grade, chronic hell? And keep you from being somewhat less than a living sacrifice to God?


How funny of God to create an ostrich with the ability to run like hell and the tendency to bury its head in the sand. Probably we have all tried these two solutions to problems.


Christmas cynics aren’t trying to spoil things for everyone else. They’re disappointed. If you have a Scrooge in the family—or are one yourself—why not put up a wreath anyway?


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.


Christina Villa

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


Christina Villa

As a teenager, I had a summer job in a nursing home kitchen, where my boss was Geraldine the cook, a tiny, perpetually aggrieved woman who seemed to me to be at least as old as the patients.


Christina Villa

Everyone has their favorite scripture texts, and this is one of mine (along with "How long, O Lord?" from Psalm 13).


Christina Villa

Josiah was one of the kings of Judah and an ancestor of Jesus, according to the genealogy in the gospel of Matthew. 


Christina Villa

Every day on my drive to work, I used to pass a crumbling brick church with grime-covered windows and a tiny patch of dirt and weeds out front.


Christina Villa

One Sunday at a church I was visiting in New England, the time had come in the worship service for "Joys and Concerns."