United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Jennifer Brownell

Jesus calls us to be part of unlikely flocks – and if we don’t have one, to form one, and to keep growing it.


God, you do not cause us to suffer. Instead, you take the suffering we are given and plant it in the soil of your transforming grace and mercy. May we rejoice in the harvest.


As children of God, we have the opportunity to ask different questions than the rest of the world asks. Questions that help us truly meet one another on holy, even ground.


It’s a temptation to believe we will find God only if we build the perfect structure and light the candles lit correctly. But God is ready to live with you wherever you are.


Maybe some messiah will arrive someday who agrees that lying on the couch playing solitaire on my phone all day is exactly what they meant by sabbath.


Jesus was a good friend, even to those who had no other friends. But sometimes I rely too heavily on my cozy friend Jesus. Today, Reign of Christ Sunday, Jesus is our Salvation.


Complaint doesn’t have to be our default. I’m learning from friends that there is always reason to rejoice in the goodness of God, even when nothing seems to be going their way.


Your home, O God, is in the mess and the mistakes as well as the grace and the gratitude. Your home is in all that makes me who I am.


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.'


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.