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.

Liberating Love Devotion June 26

Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.


When my beloved daughter Carrie Nation was asked from whence came her fiery passion for ending alcoholism in the United States, she said “from the icy cold waters of the Ohio river where I was baptized.” Life after death is a whole new thing. Today I invite you to reflect on your baptism, and how you want your life to be a whole new thing. How can you live in newness of life having been buried and risen anew?

Liberating Love Devotion June 19

2 Samuel 6:20b-22 But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, ‘How the king of Israel honoured himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ maids, as any vulgar fellow might shamelessly uncover himself!’ David said to Michal, ‘It was before the Lord, who chose me in place of your father and all his household, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord, that I have danced before the Lord. I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in my own eyes; but by the maids of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honour.’


My son David was so full of joy that I had blessed his community that as people carried the box with the ten commandments to its new home, he danced fervently and enthusiastically. He sacrificed offerings to me. He forgot to carry himself with the decorum of a king and instead became a joy-filled child lost in his love for me. And he did me great honor when he said his reputation mattered far less than his celebration of me. Are you willing to be viewed as outside the norm in order to live a life of joy and celebration with me?

Liberating Love June 12

Your weekly love note from God.

Jude 1:22-23 And have mercy on some who are wavering; save others by snatching them out of the fire; and have mercy on still others with fear, hating even the tunic defiled by their bodies.

Extend compassion, provide paths to liberation, protect those at risk of falling prey to temptation. And yet I do not ask you to let your body or soul be harmed by those of my children who function out of malice or cruelty. While I seek the salvation of all of my children, I do not sacrifice one for another. If someone’s actions harm you or others, you can tell them, and you can love and forgive them from a distance. In a healthy community, you can find others to work with them on their redemption and potentially their containment so they do not harm others. Today reflect on whether there are people in your life doing you real psychic, physical or emotional harm. Seek help in creating healthy distance from them, placing your trust in me to save them in this life or the next.

Liberating Love June 5

Your weekly love note from God.

Leviticus 19:35-36 You shall not cheat in measuring length, weight, or quantity. You shall have honest balances, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.


When you have known suffering and then know freedom from suffering, it should open something up inside you. It should help you live a life with integrity, never cheating or exploiting, because so much suffering is born of cheating and exploiting. Today I invite you to reflect on where you struggle to live with integrity. I invite you to put that struggle in conversation with any challenges you have faced, and where your liberation from those challenges might have taught you the benefit of following my will of honesty and integrity; you will know a freedom few truly know.

Liberating Love Devotional, May 1

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Lamentations 1:18 The Lord is in the right,

for I have rebelled against his word;

but hear, all you peoples,

  and behold my suffering;

my young women and young men

  have gone into captivity.

I call on you to be faithful, but if you are really of me, then how can your heart not break when so many of my children are harmed by sins that are not theirs? There are as many as 30 million people held in captivity, in human bondage or enslavement, in the world today. They suffer because economic conditions or violence at home pushed them there, or because farms in neighboring countries profit more with child labor, or for many other reasons related to the sins of greed and violence. Today I ask you to hold my pain with me for my beloved children in captivity today. I ask you to explore how to participate in their liberation.

Liberating Love Devotion April 24

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Mark 4:21-22 He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light.”

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When my Son said these words, he was honoring that my light, the light of the Holy Spirit, dwells in YOU. The world may try to hide your light or tell you that you do not radiate with my light. But hiding things, keeping secrets, that is a tool of evil. Efforts to diminish your radiance are a tool of evil. Today I invite you to notice where my light shines in you. And if you are feeling brave and particularly faithful, notice where it shines in the people who frustrate you…who has told them their light is dim, so that they seek to diminish yours? My hope is that all my children will recognize your divine light so you can recognize each other’s.

Liberating Love Devotion April 17

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Job 10:2-3 I will say to God, Do not condemn me;

  let me know why you contend against me.

Does it seem good to you to oppress,

  to despise the work of your hands

 and favour the schemes of the wicked?

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My faithful child Job asked a question that so many of my children have asked: why do the good suffer and the evil prevail? So often my children cry out to me, “Where are you in the face of this injustice?” And over and over I say, “I am there. I am there because I have sent you, and I made you in my image.” Job had gone through life being a good and decent person in his own spaces. He had not noticed how those around him suffered despite being good. This was a critical part of his journey to grow closer to me. Today I invite you to ask yourself where you witness the schemes of the wicked prevailing, and which other people also made in my image you can join with to resist their schemes.