United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Donna Schaper

We can travel more lightly if we drop our demands along the way and pick up our gratitude gear. We can enjoy the world that God made and is remaking.


How does Jesus calm us in severe storms? By giving us neighbors. By making us environmentalists. By showing us courage in people who come through the big blows.


Notice to notice. Remember to remember. Pray to pay attention and to appreciate—knowing that such a prayer is already and regularly granted.


Do we attract folks when we use modern vernacular in the life of faith? Or is that taking the Lord’s name in vain? Are we against cursing or are we against people being damned?


We are rapidly learning new languages—and it is not always easy. I personally don’t speak Facebook or Instagram. It’s a good thing God is still speaking while we are all finding our way.


A hardened heart is arteriosclerosis of the spirit, the refusal to feel anymore. Hanging on to the ability to care, the ability to feel, the ability to hurt is not for babies.


We need to wonder what the old U.S. self has to say to the new U.S. self, and what it might finally look like to "put off" the old self.


No matter how bad things are now, missing their natural progression can be even worse. God, grant us the gift of one step after the other.


I'm not sure that becoming a new creature is something that gets done once and for all. In fact, I'm pretty sure it doesn't. Becoming a new creature in Christ is a full-time job.


Donna Schaper

The truth about eternity is that it is connected to now. There is no later when it comes to eternity. It is not a bargain nor can it be postponed.