United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Mary Luti

Payback always means more violence. It punishes, but it doesn’t fix a thing and it doesn’t satisfy. All you’re left with is a corroded heart.


Make us good citizens of this realm, O God, by making us better citizens of yours, eyes on the prize and committed to closing the distance.


Serving people who can't reciprocate your benevolence is a good thing. Learning not to feel slightly defrauded that they don't is better.


If our churches aren't very inclusive, it might be because we have mistaken ourselves for the Giver of the Feast. We're not hosts extending invitations. We're guests among guests.


When Christ says, "I'll come in and eat with you," it sounds like a tender pledge. But it's more like a threat: a threat of barrier-breaking intimacy, a threat to disrupt every caste.