Uncategorized

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

Want a love note from God, courtesy of Sandhya’s new project, Liberating Love Devotional? Tuesdays on Twitter, Wednesdays on her website, Thursdays on Instagram, Fridays on Facebook, and SIGN UP for her to send you a devotion every Sunday!


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 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.

—-

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.

—–

*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?

—–

*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!