United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Marchae Grair

I’m thankful for the reminder that God’s time isn’t about my to-do lists. God’s time is about the interconnected breaths and moments that remind us we all belong to each other.


Restorative relationships can heal trauma. As we find clarity through restoration, it is easier to distinguish sources of present danger from the residue of past pains.


Anger is a valid emotion, yet stewing in anger can eat away at our wholeness. Stewing in anger through Facebook creeping can hurt our journeys toward healing.


We don’t get a say in our inheritance, the pains transmitted from ancestor to descendant. But the emotional and spiritual inheritance that we leave behind? That’s another story.


Even as communities lose their rights and neighbors flee their persecution, the depths of our commitments to each other are gestating in the great womb that promises new life.


I remember that even the all-powerful Christ was moved to tears by loss. I remember these tears, and I weep. Jesus knew we'd need permission to cry sometimes.


God's checklist and my internalized checklist of shame are incompatible. I don't have to fit into rigid boxes to be part of the beloved community.


Marchaé Grair

There is no gospel that leads to the killing of the soul. The Spirit calls for us to speak the words that set people free, not the words that keep them in their chains.


Marchaé Grair

So often, people with good intentions try to speak about the heart of God without seeking God. Are you ready to seek?


Marchaé Grair

Divine One, extend your grace to me and help me extend that same grace to myself. Amen.


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