United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Donna Schaper

O God, get us to the heavenly feast. And when we arrive, may we meet one stranger after another who welcomes us, as though we truly belonged.


What might make us not give up meeting together? If we don’t learn how to self-govern ourselves in meetings, what will happen to self-governance and democracy?


Things seem so hard right now. Disturbance drives us deep, below the rocks, into our cores. We can welcome disturbance as something pregnant with good.


The answer is in the sky, not in more effort or more determination or more willpower. Look up, not around. Look deep, not shallow. Look long, not short. Signs are calling your name.


The candles will be extinguished, the cover put back on the organ, the hymnbooks rearranged in the pews. The pattern of Jesus being vulnerable as a child: this will neither die.


My family was Lutheran. We always prayed before we ate, ‘Come Lord Jesus, be our guest and let thy gifts to us be blessed.’ Is the time of blessing and gifts already here?


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.


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.


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.


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.