United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Phiwa Langeni

Redirect us – from perfecting how to do things right, toward trusting you to guide us in imperfectly doing the right things.


All this physical distancing makes this a good time to go through my literal and metaphorical closets to make sure they reflect who and whose I know myself to be.


The gifts of sabbath are radically subversive and exceedingly compassionate. In a society that values constant achievement and over-functioning, sabbath keeps us intact.


Arrogance converts our fears to venomous hate. Confidence transforms our fears into audacious courage.


We’re quick to declare things as broken and ready to discard. The intensity of life’s stressors can diminish our capacity to see God’s unfolding grace within us and around us.


Blessed, indeed, are the people who’ve wised up to only having to know one password. That one password relieves the pressure of thinking they can do it on their own.


Jesus mimicked all that he saw the Parent doing. How potent it can be for us to do the same as Children of our Divine Parent.


Gratitude challenges the status quo and disrupts injustice. Gratitude calls us into a new way of living and being, for the healing of the world.


Does the leaf know the changing seasons, the looming changes, the shifting light? Does it welcome the transformation? Do we notice and have the courage to welcome change?


God is not just big, but big-big! Big-big enough to not be swayed by privilege. Big-big enough to fairly treat parentless children. Big-big enough for all to have what they need.