United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Lillian Daniel

How wondrous to rediscover the language and literary style of Jesus, whose words are forever unveiling themselves in new and ancient forms.


I love ice skating, by which I mean, I love watching other people ice skate on a screen from my couch. So much of what people do in life is much harder than it looks.


Our big days and calendars are really of little importance to the God who created us. God existed before time itself, and God is consistently present in every day.


I have no patience for useless gifts. Cheerful giving comes easier to me than grateful receiving. So in December, I pray for more patience with presents.


I suspect Claude Monet would have painted lilies differently if he had been paddling through sedge against the current of the muddy Mississippi river in an inflatable kayak.


When Jesus said, “Do not store up treasures on earth,” I don’t think he wasn’t talking about people who live on little. Jesus was talking to the pampered people, like me.


It’s easy to aspire to be the Good Samaritan. It requires deeper, spiritual work to relate to the one who feels abandoned in the ditch. But ditch happens. To all of us.


God’s 'peaceable kingdom' between humans and animals is not for our entertainment. These days, the peaceable kingdom often needs us to leave the animals alone to live in peace.


When you feed the hungry, you feed the soul. Serving a meal without a prayer feels as ridiculous as serving soup without a spoon. So we keep praying at meals.


Would it be the worst thing in the world to curl up in a blanket with a bowl of cereal and watch cartoons? This is the Lord's day. Enjoy it.