Devotional Archives

  • A Party with Presents

    March 29th, 2017

    When asked what he wanted for his 8th birthday party, my grandson Caleb said, “A party with presents. Everybody brings a present, and then we will take all the presents to the homeless shelter for the kids who don’t have any gifts for their birthdays.” And that is exactly what ...

  • Lessons of Love

    March 28th, 2017

    My 87-year-old father enjoys feeding birds and small animals. One day, I was visiting him after he had thrown scrap food into the woods for the wild animals. Instead of attracting the normal entourage of critters that live in the woods around his house, the food brought a large number ...

  • Tunnels

    March 27th, 2017

    A few years ago our family was returning from a road trip to Mumbai. I was driving on Mumbai-Pune Expressway and enjoying the scenic stretch surrounded by hills and valleys. Suddenly, we were in a tunnel. Closed spaces make me nervous and dizzy, as though I am going to be ...

  • 4th Sunday in Lent

    March 26th, 2017

    My daughter Alexis is an active three-year-old who loves to talk. Her favorite question is, “Why?” Many days we have in-depth conversations about why I go to work, why she goes to school, and even why we have to sleep at night. Recently she asked, “Why do we pray?” I ...

  • “Thank You for Being Here”

    March 25th, 2017

    As a public-utility worker for many years, I went out on service calls — often at odd times and to bad situations. Many times, I was greeted by someone who acted as if I were personally responsible for the sudden disruption. I was often accused of being incompetent, irresponsible, and ...

  • A Cup of Tea

    March 24th, 2017

    It was a dry, dusty afternoon. Spring was turning to summer in Italy, and the smell of the sea drifted from the port and wound through the narrow streets. Difficult circumstances in my life as an exchange student were overwhelming me. That day, after months of hanging in there, I ...

  • No Need for a Monument

    March 23rd, 2017

    In March of 2015, the founding prime minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, passed away. He is considered the father of modern Singapore because he led the growth of the small nation from a low outpost into a developed country. When he died, many people wondered how to honor ...

  • Strength in Christ

    March 22nd, 2017

    For many months, my six children and I were homeless and living in our rundown car. We got most of our food out of dumpsters and washed up in gas station bathrooms. Each day we fought to survive. Family and friends turned away from us as if we had committed ...

  • The Shadow of Lent

    March 21st, 2017

    From the large picture window of my childhood home we could watch storms develop across the vast fields. They started as a cloud on the horizon that grew larger and darker as it moved toward us. Lightning and thunder began in the distance, followed by the stirring of the wind ...

  • Celebration Practice

    March 20th, 2017

    I was exhausted from the fast pace of my first collegiate softball practice and the pressure to make a good first impression. Just when I thought practice was over, Coach called us together for one final drill. “We need to get three final outs,” he explained, “then we celebrate! Since ...