Devotional Archives

  • DEPTH OF DEVOTION

    August 27th, 2016

    When Jesus called his disciples, they were already settled into their vocations. From today’s reading, it appears that they had successful careers. But the call of Christ and a new way of life took precedence. Their allegiance was total, without hesitation or regret, to the cause to which Christ called ...

  • IN THE FOG

    August 26th, 2016

    I left work early and decided to take a scenic route home. I normally saw rolling hills, vibrant colorful fields, and horses grazing by the roadside. But that day all I could see was mist, rain, and fog. I felt like I was driving into nothing. The drive home echoed ...

  • GIFTS FOR SERVICE

    August 25th, 2016

    I have been crocheting since I was a teenager. I enjoy the softness of the yarn as it glides through my fingers. I delight in the blending of the pinks, greens, blues, and yellows as a baby blanket takes shape. Over the years, I have given away many crocheted items ...

  • INNER PEACE

    August 24th, 2016

    I have recently formed a friendship with my friend’s son, who is in prison. As I read his letters, I am often struck by his ability to look deeply into his life. In one letter he shared his thoughts on ways of keeping himself focused on positive things: communing with ...

  • COMING HOME

    August 23rd, 2016

    My wife and I went to the airport to pick up our daughter when she returned from visiting her grandmother. We waited by the long hallway where all the arriving passengers would eventually emerge. The numbers grew as people gathered and peered anxiously down the tiled tunnel hoping for a ...

  • GOD ANSWERS PRAYER

    August 22nd, 2016

    When my husband was critically ill, I prayed and fasted, asking God to heal him; but my husband died. At that moment I could not understand why God did not answer my prayer. But during my grieving moment a friend shared David’s story in today’s reading with me. I found ...

  • GOD IS WORKING

    August 21st, 2016

    Each Sunday, I enter worship in full command of my emotions. But it often doesn’t last. A verse or phrase of a hymn I have sung for decades strikes me in an entirely new way. I reflect on how God has worked in my life, in the lives of my ...

  • HINDERERS

    August 20th, 2016

    When Jesus was in Capernaum, four men knew somebody who needed him so they set out to get their friend to him. When they got to the house, they couldn’t get in because of the crowd of onlookers. In this story, I see three groups of people. There was the ...

  • DARKNESS AND LIGHT

    August 19th, 2016

    My mother was a teenager in Norway during World War II. She has told me what it was like to grow up in a country under siege. Among other things, she has mentioned how totally dark it was at night. Everyone had to darken their windows, and no streetlights were ...

  • CHANGE HAPPENS

    August 18th, 2016

    As a pastor who moves to a new church at the direction of my bishop, I know how difficult change can be. New faces, new names, new ideas, and learning new ways that people interact together are some of the challenges in each new location. Receiving a new pastor can ...