United Church of Christ

Devotionals by John Edgerton

Not all anger is poison. Anger can be holy fuel to right the world’s wrongs. But I can’t fool myself: not all my anger is holy. A lot of my anger is poison.


Cultural messages that I thought were harmless growing up, I now realize were problematic all along. Blessed are those who manage to get it all right! I am working to do better.


More than fear, more than anger, more than hope, more than anything, what I feel is an eerie sense of coming doom. Yet I remain confident that the promises of God are true.


Headlines full of over-the-top violent imagery agitate our inflamed emotions and rub the raw places in our spirits. Be mindful of where they lead, and remember Who you follow.


Tell people about the deep wells of joy that faith gives you to draw upon. Tell someone about the times in your life when God has meant the difference between life and death.


Troubles both public and private are enough to send a person diving back under their blankets. But this very morning, the Day of the Lord is one day closer than ever before.


Put on the full armor of God in the struggle against evil. Just be sure it’s God’s Adversary you’re struggling against, and not God’s children.


Maybe you woke up thinking about some catastrophe, and you shouted at God, 'These are your people.' Don’t be surprised when God points to them and says, 'They are your people.'


Music helps words soar above the everyday. Words help music sink deeply into our spirits. And there is no one version of the music and words that can be defined as “traditional.”


A beautiful thing about worship: it levels the distinctions between people. People just want to be one person among the people of God. Also, coffee. Coffee is non-negotiable.