United Church of Christ

Devotionals by Vince Amlin

There is enough wealth to care for the sick and the poor, the hospital and the small business, the grandparent and the grandchild. Not if we continue with business as usual.


Traveling light is a young person’s game. Everything seems disposable when you’ve got time to replace it.


Everywhere we turn, we are offered opportunities for resistance training. The path of least resistance is also the path of least growth.


Secrets are destructive. To families. To congregations. To bodies. They divide us. They drive us to avoid each other. They make understanding impossible.


There is a sense that time is winding up; it’s certain we can’t go on long this way. Paul’s words send me out to live in such a way that all creation will have a few more laps to run.


The trappings of national religion don’t seem quite right for the sovereign we await, who arrives as a vulnerable child, who will die at the hands of the State.


Is God’s grace for you? For us? Could it be for all? It’s not something we can earn by opening our commentaries, or learning Greek, or getting it right. It’s a gift freely given.


Our neighbors are generous and loving. The world as God envisions it is near. Fluff wins. Repent of fearmongering, and believe it.


The right time for sabbath is not when our work is finished, but when it has piled up until we cannot see over it into a hopeful future.


When something stresses me out, my inclination is to ignore it. But when the smallest provocation angers me, it’s a sure sign that there’s a reality I am trying to deny.