United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Tony Robinson

It seems to me that we’ve been ‘social distancing’ as Americans for quite some time now. Polarization, breaking into camps and tribes. Leaders sowing division to hold onto power.


There’s a difference between resurrection as a doctrine, and resurrection as a word with our name on it. It is often amid grief and confusion that resurrection becomes personal.


We’re not terribly interested in the hard stuff of life, are we? Fortunately, it is the nature of God to go straight into and through the hardest stuff, so we know we are not alone.


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.