27 May Liberating Love Devotion

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

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!

   Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!

Lo, your king comes to you;

   triumphant and victorious is he,

humble and riding on a donkey,

   on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 

For millenia, people have mistaken arrogance and brutality for power. My power looks so different that humanity keeps missing true power even when face to face with it–although dictators recognize and fear it, which is why some great change leaders grounded in their humility are killed. Humility is so powerful in a leader, because a humble leader is secure in their dignity and self worth so that they do not need to dominate others. Today I invite you to let me in, to recognize the innate dignity and divinity I placed in you, so that you too can be one of my humble servant leaders the world needs so much in the face of arrogant brutality in halls of power across the globe.

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20 May Liberating Love Devotion

In the fall of 2018, Sandhya heard a word of encouragement to write a devotional “for the rest of us,” one that focused on our real lives and the real lives of the people who came before us, as told in the scriptures. This fall, those devotions will be published in book form by Chalice Press, but for now you can find them scattered across the internet, including here every Wednesday!

1 Timothy 4:4-5 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by God’s word and by prayer.

Today I invite you to notice everything created by me and treat it as sacred. Notice what you honor and what does not get designated as sacred. How might that change what you eat, what you watch and listen to, and how you engage all of my children you interact with, the land on which you walk, and all of my creatures you engage today?

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13 May Liberating Love Devotional

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

Obadiah 1:6-7 How Esau has been pillaged,

   his treasures searched out! 

All your allies have deceived you,

   they have driven you to the border;

your confederates have prevailed against you;

   those who ate your bread have set a trap for you—

   there is no understanding of it. 

My children in Edom lived on the margins of Judah and resented their low status. They helped Babylon pillage Jerusalem, and my son Obadiah reminded them that when they chose a people not their own over their family, their foreign allies would not care for them. I wish that no such suffering would befall you. When you face conflict with your siblings in the faith, have the conflict in the open. If you cannot reconcile, part for the sake of each other’s thriving and do not plot behind their backs with people who have neither of your wellbeing at heart. Today I invite you to pray for the discipline of transparency and spiritual maturity to protect you from the harm that comes to the schemer as well as the schemed against.

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6 May Liberating Love Devotional

Your weekly love note from God!

2 Corinthians 5:1-2 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

For millenia, people have celebrated that the sacred texts can speak on multiple levels. This verse reminds you that no matter what you endure on earth, you have comfort ahead. It offers encouragement that when you leave this world, there is another world waiting for you. And yet, you as a faithful child know that it is not my will that my children be unsheltered. In the hereafter, those who suffered unnecessarily in this world will know comfort and abundance for eternity. And this passage does not mean it is okay for people to suffer homelessness. Today I invite you to take comfort in knowing that whatever challenges this world throws at you, I will show up for you over and over, and I will be there to embrace you in the world yet to come. And I invite you to pray that my children know comfort in this world as well.

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29 April Liberating Love Devotional

Your weekly love note from God!

Jeremiah 17:56a, 7-8a Thus says the Lord:

Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals

   and make mere flesh their strength,

   whose hearts turn away from the Lord. 

They shall be like a shrub in the desert,

   and shall not see when relief comes.

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,

   whose trust is the Lord. 

They shall be like a tree planted by water,

   sending out its roots by the stream.

I know you have had moments when you have felt let down by people in your life. While the best of my children seek to grow closer to the divine perfection born into them, humans fall short. Love the people around you, build community with them, forgive them when they let you down. But know that even when people break your heart, I will be there to hold you and comfort you. What would it look like for you to place less trust in human structures and institutions and to trust me more fully? How can you invest more deeply in us, so that you might be more grounded as you work to grow closer to divine perfection yourself?

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22 April Liberating Love Devotional

Your weekly love note from God!

Matthew 3:16-17 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’

Your generation and many before you emphasized how Jesus was uniquely my child. That is true. But so is it true that YOU are uniquely my child. When I see you, I see my spirit alighting on you. You are my child, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased. Today I invite you to look in the mirror and tell yourself exactly that: “I am God’s beloved child, in whom God is well pleased.” And I want you to find someone else who needs to hear it, and tell them the same thing.

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15 April Liberating Love Devotional

Your weekly love note from God!

Esther 2:19-20 When the virgins were being gathered together,* Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate. 20Now Esther had not revealed her kindred or her people, as Mordecai had charged her; for Esther obeyed Mordecai just as when she was brought up by him.

My beloved daughter Esther was hiding in plain sight. In a nation that distrusted Jewish people, her uncle told her not to advertise her faith and culture, because he wanted her to stay safe. How often my children end up having to hide parts of who they are in order to stay safe in a world ruled by fear, hatred and ignorance. I long for a better world for you, for your siblings, for your children and their children. Today I invite you to pray for an end to hatred, fear and ignorance, and I invite you to turn to me that you might be an instrument for love, courage and compassionate wisdom.

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