A Holy Comforter
December 05, 2013
The farmhouse where I grew up was cold and drafty. I slept upstairs, and the only heat came through a floor register from a wood stove in the room below. But during the night the ...
A Beautiful Blend
December 04, 2013
My government job requires occasional travel to neighboring counties. A stringed instrument junkie, I rarely embark on a journey without packing some driving music. Lively traditional music helps me stay alert and makes the time ...
The Source of the Gift
December 03, 2013
God chose to come to earth in the form of a human baby. How awesome! Instead of coming full-grown and in a dramatic fashion, as a superhero, Christ came quietly into the world in the ...
Carrying God’s Word
December 02, 2013
Several years ago, someone brought me a Bible from another city. I really loved it because it was small, light, and easy to carry with me. However, often after church or a small group meeting, ...
1st Sunday of Advent
December 01, 2013
I could not bring myself to say, “Merry Christmas.” I knew my friend’s Christmas would be overshadowed by concern for her child. As we sang “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” about Israel’s mourning in exile ...
First Things First
November 30, 2013
Like many children, I tried to apply my own sense of order to my life. What was wrong with having at least a taste of dessert before the meat and vegetables? Why couldn’t homework come ...
Ready to Share
November 29, 2013
We were visiting churches that support us in our mission ministry. For one meal, our hostess and her husband prepared delicious waffles with a sourdough starter that she had kept for 44 years. It was ...
Grateful for Grace
November 28, 2013
As a municipal prosecutor, I often review requests to seal the record of someone convicted of a criminal offense. Records are sealed (removed from public access) at the discretion of the court. One question on ...
November 27, 2013
Through the years I’ve learned that making gratitude lists helps me stay more positive. I use the alphabet, thanking God for something that begins with each letter. Sometimes I thank God for people from the ...
November 26, 2013
In high school I excelled in drama, public speaking, and English. However, for the last eight years I have worked in a steel-welding shop of 30 employees. A career in steelwork was never in my ...
November 25, 2013
As a child growing up in Michigan, I looked forward to snow in winter. I would get bundled up, go out into the crisp, cold air, and make snow angels. Then, I would come back ...
November 24, 2013
The contrast could not have been sharper between the Sunday morning sermon we heard and the television show my daughters and I watched later that afternoon. In the morning, we heard how impressed the prophet ...
Don’t Get Too Comfortable
November 23, 2013
The hunt for our first house stretched out for months. My wife and I scoured realty magazines and websites. We surfed by, drove by, and walked through dozens of potential homes. The red house we ...
A Nourishing Gift
November 22, 2013
Recently I took in my car for some repairs. Because I didn’t know how long the work would take, I had brought along a copy of El Aposento Alto (the Spanish edition of The Upper ...
November 21, 2013
There they are, in the first chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, all 44 of them — some tall, some short, some Jewish, some Gentile, some righteous, some not. But one thing in particular united them all: ...
Love Letter from God
November 20, 2013
A dear friend of mine carries a deep and painful love in her heart. Twenty-five years ago, her eldest son turned his back on her and left home. He has never tried to contact her ...
November 19, 2013
Years ago I worked in a small office where the employees often had to share work spaces. One day, returning from a few days off, I discovered that someone had been using my desk, had ...
No Unneeded Parts
November 18, 2013
Have you ever assembled something and then realized that you have a part left over — and you just can’t seem to figure out where that part goes? Your assembled item seems to work properly, ...
Time with God
November 17, 2013
For a long time my husband and I spent many hours at work. We barely had time to spend together or to share family time to study God’s word. But one day while we were ...
November 16, 2013
My family and I came to the U.S. from India in 2006. After five years, we inquired about U.S. citizenship. We learned that we had to pay fees, to have our fingerprints taken, and to ...