Devotional Archives

  • The Prayers of Many People

    February 22nd, 2017

    Recently my wife, Joyce, went through a difficult time with serious health issues. We made a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to deal with one specific health concern. However, while the medical staff was preparing to respond, they discovered other serious medical problems. The result was that ...

  • The Father’s Business

    February 21st, 2017

    While reading about the prophet Anna in Luke’s Gospel, I felt guilty. A widow, Anna “did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.” I’m also a widow but have never spent a whole day praying, let alone fasting. Was I failing God? ...

  • Waiting for the Lord

    February 20th, 2017

    David, the presumed author of Psalm 27, had adversaries intent on taking his life; yet he proclaimed that the Lord was his light, his salvation, and his stronghold. I do not have enemies threatening my life, but I have been afraid of a raging storm, an uncomfortable task, or a ...

  • Never Off Duty

    February 19th, 2017

    Recently I met my son, James, for lunch. To my surprise, he insisted on paying for my meal, saying, “Give the money to someone who really needs it.” After lunch we parted, and I started for the train station. Suddenly, I heard a quiet voice behind me saying, “Excuse me.” ...

  • Blessed Assurance

    February 18th, 2017

    My good friend Glenn had been diagnosed with leukemia and hospitalized for chemotherapy treatments. As I drove to visit him, I wondered how the visit would go. I have made other trips to see friends who have been hospitalized unexpectedly, and sometimes the visits are difficult. People reacting to the ...

  • God’s Gifts

    February 17th, 2017

    My sister, Bev, is a retired English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, and I am a retired nurse. We have recently become involved in meeting the needs of refugees. Trying to meet their needs can be hard work, but we remember that we are following Jesus by serving others. ...

  • God is Watching

    February 16th, 2017

    Thirteen years ago, I suffered a severe stroke. I was only 52 and in good health. This brain stem stroke left me totally paralyzed from the neck down, without the ability to talk or eat. Within two minutes, my life had changed. I spent the next year trying to regain ...

  • Eternal Light

    February 15th, 2017

    Honey bees navigate by the position of the sun. I thought of this while sitting in our tent one night, watching a trapped bee trying to get back to its hive the only way it knew how. But it was dark outside; the brightest light the bee could see was ...

  • Body of Christ

    February 14th, 2017

    One evening, my wife and I were sitting in a concert hall listening to nice music. Suddenly, my cell phone rang, and I saw that it was my daughter calling. The peace in my heart was broken because she never calls me at that time. The news was worse than ...

  • Faith Without Fanfare

    February 13th, 2017

    When I was a young girl, I thought God lived at our church. Our family resided on Eton Way, and I believed that God made a home in a brown building on Crofton Parkway. After all, that was the place where most people dressed well and acted with kindness and ...