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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 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!

Liberating Love Devotion Feb 6

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

Hebrews 2: 16 For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham.

My Son did not come to you just for fun. Jesus came for you to thrive: you, my treasured creatures. He came for you to reconnect to all of my sacred creation. He came for you to reconnect to each other so you would not have to rely so much on cruel empires to feel safe when you could rely instead on me. Even when I invite you to worship, I do so in order that you might find comfort and reassurance and community, not because I require it. So today I invite you to reflect on how I have shown up for your spiritual ancestors and how I might be showing up for you right now. And I invite you to let me in, to help, to heal, to comfort, to nudge you into who you were created to be.

*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!