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 March 27

A weekly love note from God based on scriptures from every book in the Bible, written by Sandhya.

Judges 6:7-10 When the Israelites cried to the Lord on account of the Midianites, the Lord sent a prophet to the Israelites; and he said to them, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I led you up from Egypt, and brought you out of the house of slavery; and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians, and from the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you, and gave you their land; and I said to you, “I am the Lord your God; you shall not pay reverence to the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.” But you have not given heed to my voice.’

Sometimes I am described as a jealous God. What I seek, though, is for you to follow a path of love and faithfulness, because that is as intricately connected to liberation as my leading you out of Egypt. When you worship the gods of the lands around you, you also adopt practices that are in opposition to my way of love and faithfulness. Follow me and stay free. Today I invite you to think on the gods in the land where you live, and how to stay free of them.

*You can find us Tuesdays on Twitter, Wednesdays here, Thursdays on Instagram, Fridays on Facebook, and if you sign up here, you’ll get a devotion in your inbox every Sunday!

Liberating Love Devotion March 20

A weekly love note from God based on scriptures from every book in the Bible, written by Sandhya.

Colossians 2:2-3 I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

The author of the letter to the church in Colossae wanted people who had never met him to even so feel encouraged and connected to Jesus Christ. Likewise it is my longing that you can connect to my Son, the source of wisdom and knowledge. My love is greater than you can comprehend and bigger than anything you can imagine. But through my Son you can get a glimpse of how big love can be. Today, think of the mysteries you want to unravel. Turn to Jesus and ask him to point you towards the answers you seek for the sake of doing my will.

*You can find us Tuesdays on Twitter, Wednesdays here, Thursdays on Instagram, Fridays on Facebook, and if you sign up here, you’ll get a devotion in your inbox every Sunday!

Liberating Love Devotion March 13

A weekly love note from God based on scriptures from every book in the Bible, written by Sandhya.

Malachi 1:10a O that someone among you would shut the temple* doors, so that you would not kindle fire on my altar in vain!

In that ancient debate over faith versus works, my servant Malachi reminded my people that I do not want you worshipping with empty hearts, out of obligation. If your worship is not authentic, that worship is an offense to me. Malachi sent my word to my people that it would be better if they didn’t go into the temple at all, because it was all empty ritual. I know that sometimes you go to worship without wanting to be there because you hope it will bring you a lift, and that is great. My concern is with a whole community that is simply going through the motions. Today I invite you to reflect on the depth and passion of your community’s worship to me and how you might help stoke or rekindle an authentic flame in their midst.

*You can find us Tuesdays on Twitter, Wednesdays here, Thursdays on Instagram, Fridays on Facebook, and if you sign up here, you’ll get a devotion in your inbox every Sunday!

Liberating Love Devotional March 6

A weekly love note from God based on scriptures from every book in the Bible, written by Sandhya.

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter an John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus.

My most faithful followers have sometimes been geniuses and sometimes they have been average. Some of them have been legendarily noble and moral, and some of them have had a shady past…some even struggle to do right even after they have committed themselves to me. Some have been kings and some have been sex workers. What matters to me about their followers is that their hearts long for relationship with me and they are boldly, unapologetically seeking to do my will, even when they fail. You are part of a long legacy of faithful servants, and I hope you feel them at your back, supporting and encouraging you. Today I invite you to pray for the boldness of Peter and John, knowing you are just as worthy and just as chosen and just as needed for your time as they were for theirs. You are a true companion of Jesus and I want the world to recognize you as such.

*You can find us Tuesdays on Twitter, Wednesdays here, Thursdays on Instagram, Fridays on Facebook, and if you sign up here, you’ll get a devotion in your inbox every Sunday!

Liberating Love Devotion February 27

In the fall of 2018, I heard a voice calling me to create a devotional that connects God’s children closer to God, closer to each other, and closer to the saints and sinners who make up the Bible. I heard it in the midst of a season when leaders who call themselves Christian were distancing us from God, from each other, and from those same stories that teach us who we are in the world. I hope these devotions offer comfort, encouragement, and deepening connections to God’s earth and God’s many and diverse children, so that we may be a people building God’s Beloved Community together. You’ll find a devotional here every Wednesday in 2019, and in other places I posted about below.* The devotions are written as if from God, and I hope I did not fail in my effort to honor both God and you in the process.

–Sandhya Jha


Obadiah 1:3-4 Your proud heart has deceived you,

  you that live in the clefts of the rock,*

  whose dwelling is in the heights.

You say in your heart,

  ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?’

4 Though you soar aloft like the eagle,

  though your nest is set among the stars,

  from there I will bring you down,

says the Lord.

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There is hardly a book in your sacred texts that does not call you to a life of humility. The best kings of Israel were humble, and when they failed to be humble their realms fell. This world punishes humility, but my realm rewards it beyond measure. A community grounded in humility is so much stronger and less prone to destruction from inside or out. I do not only call you to humility because it is right but because it is the only way to truly thrive. But humility requires a level of confidence in one’s own value that the braggarts and loud bullies who lead nations today simply do not possess. Today, reflect on what it means to be a treasured child of mine. Reflect on how much I love you. Reflect on what that makes possible. It is the beginning of the path to true spiritual humility.

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*You can find us Tuesdays on Twitter, Wednesdays here, Thursdays on Instagram, Fridays on Facebook, and if you sign up here, you’ll get a devotion in your inbox every Sunday!

Liberating Love Devotion February 20

In the fall of 2018, I heard a voice calling me to create a devotional that connects God’s children closer to God, closer to each other, and closer to the saints and sinners who make up the Bible. I heard it in the midst of a season when leaders who call themselves Christian were distancing us from God, from each other, and from those same stories that teach us who we are in the world. I hope these devotions offer comfort, encouragement, and deepening connections to God’s earth and God’s many and diverse children, so that we may be a people building God’s Beloved Community together. You’ll find a devotional here every Wednesday in 2019, and in other places I posted about below.* The devotions are written as if from God, and I hope I did not fail in my effort to honor both God and you in the process.

–Sandhya Jha


3 John 1:3-4 I was overjoyed when some of the friends* arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, namely, how you walk in the truth. 4I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

 

If an apostle’s friends had been witness to your community life, what would they report back to the apostle? Or if they were witness to your personal life, what would their word be? The apostle who wrote this letter wrote to a man named Gaius to get him and his community ready for the visit of a beloved apostle named Demetrius, and the author was relieved to find that Demetrius would be working with good and open people. Today I invite you to ask how you and your community are readying yourself for the apostles I send to you to strengthen you. How are you practicing hospitality, and transparency, and visible faithfulness to me and my message of love? How can you support each other in those practices?

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*You can find us Tuesdays on Twitter, Wednesdays here, Thursdays on Instagram, Fridays on Facebook, and if you sign up here, you’ll get a devotion in your inbox every Sunday!

Liberating Love Devotion February 13

In the fall of 2018, I heard a voice calling me to create a devotional that connects God’s children closer to God, closer to each other, and closer to the saints and sinners who make up the Bible. I heard it in the midst of a season when leaders who call themselves Christian were distancing us from God, from each other, and from those same stories that teach us who we are in the world. I hope these devotions offer comfort, encouragement, and deepening connections to God’s earth and God’s many and diverse children, so that we may be a people building God’s Beloved Community together. You’ll find a devotional here every Wednesday in 2019, and in other places I posted about below.* The devotions are written as if from God, and I hope I did not fail in my effort to honor both God and you in the process.

–Sandhya Jha

 

Jeremiah 6:13-14 For from the least to the greatest of them,

  everyone is greedy for unjust gain;

and from prophet to priest,

  everyone deals falsely.

They have treated the wound of my people carelessly,

  saying, ‘Peace, peace’,

  when there is no peace.

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Someday you will find a way to honor each other and recognize that the land does not belong to you but you belong to the land. And there will be peace. And yet from generation, people place fear of each other and fear or not having enough (and greed for more than they need) ahead of their relationship to me. It is true of your generation also. Jeremiah was a faithful prophet who reminded his people of this. Can I call on you to be my prophet for peace? Today I invite you to reflect on your role in naming how people need to place each other before their own needs in order to truly be my people.

*You can find us Tuesdays on Twitter, Wednesdays here, Thursdays on Instagram, Fridays on Facebook, and if you sign up here, you’ll get a devotion in your inbox every Sunday!