Devotional Archives

  • Loving Doubting Thomas

    December 18th, 2014

    As a child, I found faith in God easy. I felt it when singing hymns and hearing Bible stories in Sunday school and church. I felt it when I prayed. As I got older, though, I found that holding on to my faith — and even, sometimes, a belief in ...

  • A Christmas Gift of Thanks

    December 17th, 2014

    When one of our church members was ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at the grocery store, a homeless man approached the kettle and noticed the sign stating that the bell-ringers were from our church. The homeless man asked, “What church is that?” The bell-ringer pointed toward our building ...

  • An Infinite Love

    December 16th, 2014

    I saw Lia for the last time last summer at the seaside. Her face was pale and strained with suffering. Her eyes, though circled with dark rings, were still luminous and lively even though she was thin from chemotherapy. Lia was bursting with love from every pore, and she lavished ...

  • Trusting in the Lord

    December 15th, 2014

    My young grandson loves playing and swimming in the pool. When he was barely two years old, I watched as he walked out onto the diving board, ready to jump into the water. Being the ever-cautious grandfather, I was very scared for him. He looked down and said, “My daddy ...

  • 3rd Sunday of Advent

    December 14th, 2014

    As jubilation for the Christmas season increases, I am reminiscing about my early years at school. We sang about the sweet story of old, when Jesus lived here among us and loved little children, calling them lambs of his fold. Singing those hymns often brought me close to him. And ...

  • More Seams

    December 13th, 2014

    From the pulpit in our church, one can see the seam in the carpet that separates the two shades of red carpet pieces. The seam represents the point where the old sanctuary was enlarged in the early 1990s because this small country church needed more seats for people to come ...

  • Best Gift

    December 12th, 2014

    My mother was always a generous gift-giver. One of the most meaningful gifts I ever received from her came after her death at age 88. While I was sorting through her belongings, a sheet of her personalized stationery slowly drifted to the floor. On it were handwritten Bible verses from ...

  • God’s Choice

    December 11th, 2014

    The Lord had rejected Saul as king of the Israelites and sent Samuel to the little-known family of Jesse to choose a new king. Jesse’s sons were called into the presence of the Lord, but none was chosen. Jesse’s youngest son, David, was a shepherd out tending his father’s sheep. ...

  • Playing with Passion

    December 10th, 2014

    At a recent Christmas concert, I noticed again the way the elements of a musical program work together. The players of each musical instrument, the singers of each choral part, soloists, and conductor all had a place and a purpose. Some elements were more prominent than others, but all were ...

  • Seasons

    December 9th, 2014

    For over 10 years I’ve endured a chronic autoimmune disorder, but thankfully I’m able to function for the most part. My most difficult seasons bring about painful digestive problems. During my peaceful seasons I feel much better and I am so thankful to God for this time of mercy flowing ...