Devotional Archives

  • Taming Fear

    April 27th, 2015

    At the age of 60, and after 21 months of incarceration, I am preparing to leave federal prison. This causes me to think of the despair and fear I felt when I entered prison. I was angry and bitter. My wife divorced me. I lost everything I had. But God ...

  • That Distinct Voice

    April 26th, 2015

    Early in the morning, when my nephew Joe began to stir, I went to his crib, gathered him up, and carried him downstairs. My identical twin sister, Joe’s mother, was cooking breakfast. “Hi, Joe,” she greeted him. He looked at her, looked back at me, and yelled, “Mama!” as he ...

  • A Slug’s Lesson

    April 25th, 2015

    I have always liked to observe the world around me, especially the tiny things. I remember one day I noticed marks on the wall that gleamed in the light. I realized that a slug had passed there. I did not need to see the slug because its tracks were there ...

  • Patience

    April 24th, 2015

    After struggling for months with breathing difficulties, my mother had a serious heart attack. Despite the care of many good physicians, the diagnosis and solution to her problems remain unclear. As an orthopedic trauma surgeon, I like to fix broken bones and to see immediate results; but I have learned ...

  • A Super God

    April 23rd, 2015

    I was looking through some childhood mementos — old photographs and the like — and I remembered how in my dreamy, idle moments as a youngster I would contemplate what I would do if I had certain superpowers like some of my comic-book heroes. In reality, though, we all have ...

  • The Pause That Refreshes

    April 22nd, 2015

    Selah is a word used in the Bible, chiefly in the Psalms. While selah is a word of uncertain meaning, some have interpreted it to mean “pause, and think of that.” Pause? Even with my good intentions to study God’s word daily, how often do I truly pause to deeply ...

  • Fatherhood

    April 21st, 2015

    Watching the church youth reenact the Nativity story, I developed a deeper appreciation for Joseph. As I viewed the scene where the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph, instructing him to take Mary as his wife and name her son Jesus, I was struck by this thought: Jesus not ...

  • Neighbors of Compassion

    April 20th, 2015

    On April 15, 2013 two bombs exploded in Boston, Massachusetts during the Boston Marathon. At least three people were killed and many others severely injured. As I listened later in the week to the latest news on this horrific event, I noticed that people from across the country began to ...

  • Do Good Always

    April 19th, 2015

    My sister Portia and her four children were ordered out of the house by her husband. He had decided to end their 20-year marriage. Our parents took her in, but soon we saw her slip into depression. A neighbor advised us to take her to a counselor where Portia learned ...

  • Unmerited Favor

    April 18th, 2015

    I work at the circulation desk of a busy public library. Almost on a daily basis, a patron comes in with a sheepish look, hands me some books, and tells me the books are overdue. As I check in the books the patron stands there waiting to pay a fine. ...