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Liberating Love Devotion January 1

Here’s your first Love Note from God for the year 2020! I hope you find it meaningful. I hope you find ways to receive God’s love all year.

–Sandhya Jha, author


Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.


I was there from the beginning, and I was there from your beginning. Today is a day for us to re-start our journey together, and this I promise: I will always provide light for the journey. Today, I invite you to take a moment and revel in my creation, and to find ways to honor it and care for it. This is what I seek for us together this year: that you might grow closer to me and creation, and that you might always feel my light around and inside you, even in the hard seasons. If I could create all of this, what can’t I create in you?


For more love notes from God all week:

December 25 Liberating Love Devotion

How strange that today’s devotion isn’t from the Gospels, right? When I set out to write this, I wanted to make sure I didn’t slip into the tendency of writers before me of leaning on only the texts I love. (Most year-long devotionals are primarily gospels, maybe a little of the prophets, and a lot of Psalms.) I also started writing with a calling to reconnect us with the complexity of the scripture and its many characters. So every even day is from the new testament, working in rotation from Matthew to Revelation and then starting over again. And every odd day (starting with 1/1 in Genesis) does the same with the Hebrew Bible. So here we are with the wisdom of the prophets on the day of the birth of our saviour. I hope you find a point of connection.


Hosea 14:2b-3  ‘Take away all guilt;

accept that which is good,

   and we will offer

   the fruit of our lips. 

Assyria shall not save us;

   we will not ride upon horses;

we will say no more, “Our God”,

   to the work of our hands.

In you the orphan finds mercy.’ 

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On this birthday of my Son, I invite you to turn to an ancient text which he would have studied and learned from. As you celebrate him today, reflect on what it means to give up believing that the work of your hands or a strong army is your salvation and instead to embrace me, the God of the orphan and of the innocent and sinner, the God of a baby born vulnerable among animals brought in from the cold and of his teenage mother and his father who also wasn’t his father, the God of the family who took in a very pregnant woman and of the many people who would not. I ask you today to offer me the fruit of your lips.


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12/18 Liberating Love Devotion

Here’s your weekly love note from God! And here’s hoping that during this frenetic season you are finding time to breathe and know that you are loved.


Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

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My beloved child who wrote this letter wanted his church to be a beacon of hope and inspiration to those in need of hope. Today I invite you to read this letter as it was written: to a group. Imagine it has been written to your faith community. If it helps, add the phrase “you all,” to remember the writer was inviting a whole community to rejoice together, not placing that burden on one person who might not be able to do so, and inviting a whole community to be known for its gentleness, so that on a day that one person could not be the embodiment of gentleness, the rest of the community could step up. I made you for community so you do not have to be Christ to the world all by yourself, but that your community could support each other in being Christ to the world.


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Liberating Love Devotion for 12/11

Here’s your weekly love note from God! With the new year coming up, you might know some folks looking for a spiritual practice to start the new year off right. Maybe encourage them to subscribe to the Sunday e-mail list so they get a love note every Sunday in 2020 to start the week off right. I hope these devotions have been meaningful to you; I’m going to keep posting them through 2020!

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Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone. For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.

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Honor me and follow my commandments is all you are supposed to do. Leave the judging to me, because I have a better view of the whole picture. It seems that many people like to play God, by judging and condemning. Those same people aren’t very good at being human–of honoring me and following my path of love and compassion are care. May you find others who can be human with you for this journey I have called you to.

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Liberating Love Devotion 12/4

Here’s your weekly love note from God. You can find a different message five days a week, through an e-newsletter on Sundays, on Twitter on Tuesdays (@devotionallove), here every Wednesday, on Instagram on Thursdays (@liberatinglovedevotional) and on Facebook every Friday.

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John 13:34-35 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’

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Jesus showed his love in so many ways. He healed. He taught people how to worship and how to be community and how to share. He studied and debated scripture with great minds. He shed tears for those he loved. He disrupted acts of corruption and mistreatment of the poor. So today I ask you: when Jesus says to you “just as I have loved you, you also should love one another,” how will you show love in the ways that Jesus did?

Liberating Love Devotion 11/27

Friends, I apologize for the large gap. I thought I had scheduled the weekly devotions through the end of 2019. I don’t know what happened. I finally noticed today, and we’re back on track. Here’s your weekly love note from God:
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2 Chronicles 30:25-27 The whole assembly of Judah, the priests and the Levites, and the whole assembly that came out of Israel, and the resident aliens who came out of the land of Israel, and the resident aliens who lived in Judah, rejoiced. There was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon son of King David of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. Then the priests and the Levites stood up and blessed the people, and their voice was heard; their prayer came to his holy dwelling in heaven.
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If you want a glimpse of my Realm here on earth, this moment was such a glimpse. All of the people came together in celebration: people of all faiths, people of diverse nations living together in the same city, people of all genders. And my designated priests blessed all the people and they prayed to me with joy and celebration and unity. This is the world I call on you to recreate, even if it be in glimpses.

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?