United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Rachel Hackenberg

Let’s not pretend with one another that loving God means you will never be broke. Because I’m not the only person of faith who ignores the 1-800 numbers of creditors calling.


Two weeks into Lent, how are those Lenten practices you planned to observe faithfully? Still going strong? No shame if they’re not. But also, no kudos if they are.


Before you tell your sibling that God has a purpose for their suffering, maybe check whether your faith is unnecessarily saddled with the baggage of Scripture-as-litmus-test.


What has God’s faithfulness done to us, that we reject humility? How has God’s love wearied us, that we neglect mercy? How do we answer for our persistent injustice?


God’s promised presence is already fulfilled. What we believe needs to be started, pursued, labored over, and completed for God’s sake is already ongoing.


All the written words in the world cannot substitute for the poignancy of personal interaction.


The wildness of the way still has beauty and bounty, even when the path is overgrown. The paths through the hills are still dressed in God’s joy, no matter the brambles.


Pride was not created for human beings, according to Sirach. For whom then—or for what—was pride created? For the sun or the tree or the bird? Or perhaps for the Holy Eternal One.


After Easter, the disciples gathered together often, trying to make sense of life without Jesus.


Rachel Hackenberg

We pray that those in leadership might love the work of peace more than the work of war.