United Church of Christ

Devotionals by John Nelson

Whatever it takes to wake me, Holy One, I will give you thanks. By coax or by curse, lead me once more to the trouble and beauty of being fully alive in your justice and joy.


Herod stands for any emperor or president, any senator or congressperson, any elected or appointed official who will use power to resist the insurgency of love and grace.


When your power depends on having no surprises, it will take a huge effort to keep control. Note to self: when I’m scared of the unknown, it’s time to pray.


Is there room in our disagreements for loving kindness as well as faithful rage? Can we practice compassion alongside righteous indignation?


The ancient teachers tell us: heaven is both now and not yet. Something coming, something already here. Appreciation for today. Love that is big enough to hold eternity.


"The Kin-dom of God needs your Spirit-prompted vision. Do you see trouble? Write it. Beauty? Write that. Solidarity? Write that, too. Or speak it, or draw it, or sculpt it." Read more of today's Daily devotional by John A. Nelson


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The-One-Who-Enlarges takes on those who would make God small. The Creator-Who-Is-Still-Shaping-Me defies those who think in terms of caste or tribe.


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What is most real, most connected with the life-giving breath of Holy One is all around you, is with you now, ready to carry you to fullness of life.


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A wise friend said that as soon as you say, "It can't happen," the possibilities you have not yet seen start to shrivel and die. So stretch your imagination. God is there and then, here and now.


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Even now, while the mess and muddle seem to reign supreme, the Holy One is carrying the day.