United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Quinn G. Caldwell

Your belief that you’re supposed to accomplish it all—end racism, fix the environment, overcome all your issues, whatever—before you die? It’s not going to work out.


How much room is there under a God-wing? Enough for me and you, says the psalmist. I guess that’s also nice, but then I’m like, wait, does that mean everybody gets to come in?


Next time you get to church early or the sermon gets boring, look around. Ask yourself: which parts of this building look like heaven? Conversely, which ones fall short?


There are no perfect people, only people who pretend they are. Perfection as a requirement for access to God leads to pinched lips, ruler smacks, and bonfires.


To be faced with something we don’t know can feel quite shameful. For a lot of us, especially in some circles, not knowing can feel like a crime. Rather than risk it, we nod knowingly.


A little more than a week after Jesus’ birth, Mary is starting to realize how much work this is really going to take. Are you?


Before you begin resoluting, remind yourself of this very important point: It is not your job to save the whole world; Somebody Else has already made that resolution.


When have you done enough justice? How do you know if you’ve managed to walk humbly? Acted beloved enough? There is no straight answer, so we rely on God’s grace.


If you’re currently fighting with God, if you’re still waiting for the dawn, if you’re still wondering where righteousness is, then you are in the good company.


Everybody knows how holy touch can be. But coming up and touching me, or my kid, or anybody, without their permission? According to God, that’s a vaporizable offense.