Author Archive: Sandhya

About Sandhya

I was recently described as "schizophrenically talented," but I prefer "Renaissance Woman." I love to teach, preach, organize, sing, cook and write. I also really love to hang out with friends over coffee or a glass of wine. My true love is Oakland, and any man who dates me has to be comfortable with that.

16 September Liberating Love Devotion

Your weekly love note from God!

Hebrews 6:10 or God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.

This is all I ask of you—extend kindness to all those in whom you encounter the divine spark…and remember that I am in every child who walks this earth. No matter what the world says to you, if you are caring for those in need, those who are ignored, those who need compassion, then I will see that and celebrate it. Your every act of kindness brings me great joy. I see you and I honor you and I love you.


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9 September Liberating Love Devotion

Your weekly love note from God!

1 Chronicles 22:2-5 David gave orders to gather together the aliens who were residing in the land of Israel, and he set stonecutters to prepare dressed stones for building the house of God. David also provided great stores of iron for nails for the doors of the gates and for clamps, as well as bronze in quantities beyond weighing, and cedar logs without number—for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought great quantities of cedar to David. For David said, ‘My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorified throughout all lands; I will therefore make preparation for it.’ So David provided materials in great quantity before his death.

Some of our work spans generations. Take comfort in knowing that my son Solomon’s vision of building a temple to honor me happened because his father invested in and supported him. Today I invite you to reflect on your dreams to honor me and invite someone into the role of supporting you in achieving them. You were not meant to be alone in this work.


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2 September Liberating Love Devotion

Your weekly love note from God!

Colossians 3:1-2 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

My children so often seek the path of the least resistance. But lack of resistance rarely leads to resurrection. By judging yourself against those around you, you will never reach great heights. By focusing on my Son, your vision will always be pointed towards what matters. Today I long for you to know that I want for you far more than the world can offer. You deserve things that are above.


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26 August Liberating Love Devotion

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Galatians 4:13-14 You know that it was because of a physical infirmity that I first announced the gospel to you; though my condition put you to the test, you did not scorn or despise me, but welcomed me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.

My son Paul really understood that my power looks nothing like human power, which has always made it so hard for humans to fully trust. I show up alongside the people that this world rejects. My power is made manifest through a people who had been enslaved by a cruel empire. My power is made manifest through a woman whom I made a judge over men in a time women had no power. My power is made manifest through my Son who was murdered by a government because his message of love and inclusion were such a threat to their rule of tyrrany and conquest. And my power was made manifest in the early church through the teachings of a man with a disability who did not hide himself or his disability but said “If you embrace me in my weakness, you embrace God who is building a movement of people who are weak by the world’s standards but strong in compassion and love, which is real power.” Today, I invite you to ask whether and how you hide your vulnerabilities, and I invite you to pray for help finding the community that will care for you as the Galatians cared for Paul.


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19 August Liberating Love Devotion

Your weekly love note from God!

Exodus 22:25-27 If you lend money to my people, to the poor among you, you shall not deal with them as a creditor; you shall not exact interest from them. If you take your neighbour’s cloak in pawn, you shall restore it before the sun goes down; for it may be your neighbour’s only clothing to use as cover; in what else shall that person sleep? And if your neighbour cries out to me, I will listen, for I am compassionate.

There are many sayings in your sacred texts that people have debated for millennia. There is, however, one thing I wish my children could understand is always my wish: that you would not exploit each other’s struggles and suffering. Today I ask you to imagine: what might your world look like if you were all able to slow down enough to learn the cause of people’s debts and sufferings and find a way forward that would not result in people ending up back in the hard place where they started?


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12 August Liberating Love Devotion

Your weekly love note from God!

Mark 8:34-35 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.”

There is a question my children have begun asking each other in this generation that brings me joy: “Do you want to survive, or do you want to thrive?” My Son reminded his followers that the effort of protecting oneself from potential harm cost people the chance of really exploring the beauty of this world and all the people in it. By taking risks, by living for others, by pursuing a life like that of my Son, generations have found freedom and joy that they never would have if they had sought simply to survive. How will you take a risk, be vulnerable, live for others, and follow my Son today so that you may actually have life abundantly?


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Book Launch videos all month! Today: Rev. Israel Alvaran

Rev. Izzy is an AMAZING pastor and preacher and organizer, and he took time to record today’s devotion to help promote a word of encouragement in the form of Liberating Love Devotional, available this month from Chalice Press! Enjoy today’s devotion, consider buying a copy, and come to the book launch on September 1