Devotional Archives

  • Respond with Love

    June 23rd, 2017

    Years ago I worked with individuals who had suffered traumatic brain injuries. Most of my clients were people who had been in motorcycle or car wrecks. Some of them were able to interact with staff and others who had similar injuries. Others were prisoners in their own bodies. It was ...

  • Deep Roots

    June 22nd, 2017

    We recently spent some time living in the mountains of Boquete, Panama. The climate there is called Eternal Spring because there are no distinct seasons. The temperature remains virtually the same all year long. Our seasons are simply defined as dry or rainy. Though a few trees and plants do ...

  • Just Help

    June 21st, 2017

    My wife and I were enjoying our ride together when we passed a man holding a sign that read, “Will Work for Food.” Later, we saw him getting into a car. Cynically, I wondered aloud what he was going to do with the money he had collected that day. But ...

  • Stranded in the Desert

    June 20th, 2017

    While on a two-year trip around the world in a Volkswagen camper, I was stranded in the Sahara Desert for several days. The Hoggar, the track I was traveling through Algeria across the Sahara, is deeply corrugated. Driving on it is like driving on railroad tracks. The punishing roadway caused ...

  • Calmed Storms

    June 19th, 2017

    In today’s reading, the disciples were overcome by fear and woke Jesus from a sound sleep. They cried out and questioned his care for them. But Jesus calmed the wind and waves with the command, “Peace! Be still!” Jesus then challenged the disciples, “Why are you afraid? Have you still ...

  • Just Like My Father

    June 18th, 2017

    For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be just like my dad. He was my hero and my best buddy. I loved everything Dad loved. I loved fishing, window shopping (especially at the sporting goods store and the hardware store), and target shooting with my bow and ...

  • Full of Life Again

    June 17th, 2017

    In our HIV/AIDS clinic, we maintain a rose garden to honor the patients we serve. We grow red roses as a sign of love and solidarity, and white roses in memory of those who have fallen victim to this pandemic disease. One day I found, to my dismay, that someone ...

  • Joy in Times of Stress

    June 16th, 2017

    My husband and I were going through some difficult times with work-related stress and financial worries. We had moved back to the United States after living in another country. We accepted the first jobs we were offered. Pinching pennies became a way of life as we struggled to pay our ...

  • The Perfect Gift of Love

    June 15th, 2017

    When my grandparents retired and decided to move into a smaller home, they asked extended family members to come and choose some special mementos from the items that they couldn’t take with them. One of the items I chose was a colorful candy dish. The curved bowl had no great ...

  • Perspectives

    June 14th, 2017

    The way we see God affects the way we see ourselves. If we imagine God to be a demanding boss, we expect to be rewarded or punished based on our performance. But if we believe that God is a loving father, we see ourselves as children — imperfect, yet adored. ...