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.

1 April Liberating Love Devotion

Your weekly love note from God!

2 Samuel 5:12 David then perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

My son Saul fell away from my path and my son David stepped into his place. Part of the reason that began well was because David knew that his role as king was to care for his people Israel. Whenever he lost sight of that, things went really wrong. That is true for you, too, even if you are not a king. You will know greater harmony when what you are doing is for the sake of my people than when you are seeking only your own gain. You have the power to affect the lives of my beloved children around you. I trust you with that power. Today I ask you to reflect on the power you have as my faithful servant and how to wield it well for my sake.


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25 March #LibLoveDevo

Your weekly love note from God (courtesy of Sandhya!). In the fall of 2018, Sandhya had a sense God was calling her to write a daily devotional “for the rest of us,” less with the piety and more with the really relateable people from scripture whose stories help us make sense of our own stories. Here’s hoping this plays a meaningful role in your own journey.

Joshua 6:18 As for you, keep away from the things devoted to destruction, so as not to covet and take any of the devoted things and make the camp of Israel an object for destruction, bringing trouble upon it.

“Beware the company you keep” is a saying popular not so long ago, and it is worth considering. It is important to stay in relationship with people who need you. It is important, though, to create distance from those who do not seek for you to thrive and grow closer to me. This is true for you and it is true for your community. How are you making sure that you build a community devoted to strengthening my work of love, not a community prone to gossip and power grabbing and judgment? How can I be ever more a part of that process?


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18 March #LibLoveDevo

Your weekly love note from God, courtesy of Sandhya! 

Philippians 2:1-2 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

What Paul asks of the church in Philippi is no easy task. He asks it with love because he cares for them so much, and he knows it will help them grow in their support of each other and their relationship with me. But it is heartbreakingly rare that my followers are able to engage the level of humility necessary to find any sort of unity around how to be my people together. And so today I invite you simply to pray for the church, that it could be a place for people to escape the conflict and dissent sown in the world and a place of compassion. For that is the secret, my child: an abundance of compassion is what leads to being of one mind in Christ, not an abundance of facts.


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11 March #LibLoveDevo

Your weekly love note from God (as imagined by Sandhya!). Odd numbered days come from Hebrew Bible, and even numbered days work their way through the New Testament, so we can reconnect with all our spiritual ancestors. Here’s hoping you find it meaningful!

Zechariah 1:3-4 Therefore say to them, Thus says the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the former prophets proclaimed, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, Return from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.’ But they did not hear or heed me, says the Lord.

Many of my children have been given countless opportunities to return to me. Whole generations have ignored that plea to their detriment. When my children fell away from them, their nation unraveled in in-fighting and the losing of the spiritual practices that held them together as other influences crept in. Generations ended up in exile when their nation fell, and Zechariah came to remind them it was still not too late for them to reconnect with me. You have been given the same chance: connect with me now. Hear me. Heed me. And help your community stay rooted in my ways. Today I invite you to reflect on your journey and what it has felt like or would feel like to return to me. Give thanks, and pray.


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4 March #LibLoveDevo

Your weekly love note from God (as imagined by Sandhya!)

John 3:8 ‘The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’

My love is for your liberation. When you are truly in me, you are completely free. You belong to the world, and you can also hear where in the world you are needed. When my Son spoke these words, he invited you into a giddy-making and freedom-making journey, untethered by the judgment of the world or the rules of the world which were not created for your joy. Today I ask you to imagine what it would feel like to be as free as the wind, and whether you are ready to join my Son and the Holy Spirit in that journey. Then I ask you to seek my help in getting fully free.


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26 Feb #LibLoveDevo

Your weekly love note from God, as conceived by Sandhya!

Matthew 3:1-3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

“Prepare the way of the Lord,

   make his paths straight.” ’ 


Sometimes the English translation loses what was intended by my earlier prophets who spoke Hebrew and Aramaic. The kingdom of heaven has come near. The kingdom of heaven is at hand. The kingdom of heaven is within you. What might it mean for you, my beloved child, if my treasured son John the Baptist were trying to let you know that my realm, my reign, can be accessed not geographically, not beyond the grave, but inside yourself? What does my realm look like and feel like? Today I invite you to reflect on the ways you have embodied my realm here on earth in your life, and to honor that. Consider asking others to do the same and imagine how you can do that more and more.


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19 Feb #LibLoveDevo

Your weekly love note from God (as imagined by Sandhya!)

Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defence to you in this matter. If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.’

 

The story of my faithful servants Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego has been famous for many years. People tend to focus on the miracle of how they survived the fiery furnace that the King had placed them in. But I want you to pay attention to something else: they were put in the furnace for refusing to worship anyone but me. They willingly took the risk of death, not knowing whether they would survive, in order to be faithful to me. What are the things that distract you from honoring me? What are the gods that those in power ask you to worship? How might you model for others how to resist those gods?


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