“The Great I Am” – A United Church of Christ StillSpeaking Daily Devotional by The Rev. Kaji Douŝa

August 30th,2022 Categories: Latest News

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” – Exodus 3:14 (NRSV)

Families like mine teach: Remember who you are. And whose you are.

Meanwhile, this world is designed to make you forget who you are as it teaches you the wrong “I ams”: An I am that turns into the wrong I can’t imposes very limiting script on your life. I am poor so I can’t go to school was a limiting script many of our ancestors lived out. I am American so I can’t know what it means to be safe from bullets is a limiting script for many of us today.

Some of these I ams we think. Some, as you can see, are forced on us with some evil You ares:

You are a felon so you can’t vote. You are trans so you can’t live. You are [any number of things] so you can’t be part of a church.

But some are personally imposed:

I am a terrible runner so I can’t sign up for that half-marathon. I am awful at partnerships so I can’t commit to this person.

What, in your world of I ams has led you to conclude that you can’t?

Your I ams are faithful and true when they point you to the infinite: I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am made in the image of God. When we shift our I ams into God’s You ares, we remember who and whose we are.

Help me never to forget that I am your beloved.


The “StillSpeaking Daily Devotional” series is produced by The United Church of Christ.