United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Tony Robinson

In intercessory prayer, we are placing those we care about in God’s hands—and relaxing our own grip.


My hunch is that our many meetings might be redeemed, or at least different, if we entertained the notion that our main reason for meeting together is to encounter God. 


You don’t have to be a literal morning person to rise in the darkness and cast some light of faith and warmth for the rest of us.


Remember choosing teams for this or that, and dreading being chosen last? Last is God’s preferred candidate. The unlikely is God’s idea of a good time.


Maybe you have a set of New Year’s resolutions that are beginning to seem more a burden than a blessing. Here’s good news. It’s not all on you, not all up to you. God is able.


A biblical standard for leadership is that a leader shall work to make the world safer for the vulnerable, for the lambs and calves, for the poor and the children.


From today until Christmas day, let’s pray boldly. Call on God to come. Ask God to shine on you and every person or place that need some light.


Get in the game. Are you, am I, standing on the sidelines, or are we in the game—all the way in? It’s difficult to win if you don’t get on the field.


May you and all those gathered with you know the difference between being healed and being saved, between being fed and being blessed. May you not take for granted grace and beauty.


Most everything happens slowly, especially change in our lives and in our churches. God has God’s own time and schedule. My job is to do my job and let God be God.