Devotional Archives

  • Healing Touch

    November 26th, 2014

    Several years ago I became ill and doctors told me they could treat my symptoms but that my condition would likely never go away. Dealing with my situation became the focus of my life as I searched for relief. Eventually, I became discouraged and turned to my Bible for solace. ...

  • Unlikely Vessels

    November 25th, 2014

    During a recent staff-retreat day, our leader asked us to think back to a time when we encountered an “unlikely vessel” of God’s grace. That question reminded me of an experience a few years ago that was an important event in my spiritual life. I was sitting in a coffee ...

  • New Possibilities

    November 24th, 2014

    Recently I was preparing for a very important trip where I would be meeting with international partners. The meeting had been planned for several months, but sudden changes in the weather altered all our plans. Flights were cancelled, and it became clear that the meeting would not be taking place ...

  • Forever New

    November 23rd, 2014

    I have a Bible on my e-reader. However, it seems ironic to be reading this sacred book that is 2,000 to 3,000 years old on such a device. This reminds me of all the permutations these ancient words have gone through. The Bible contains 66 books — written on parchment ...

  • Spiritual Growth

    November 22nd, 2014

    In my student days I was addressed as “Didi” (which means “elder sister”) by the children and teens in the neighborhood. Several years later I became known as “Aunty,” which means an older person, like a mother. I did not like being addressed that way because it reminded me that ...

  • A Better Future

    November 21st, 2014

    While on a cruise on the Yangtze river in China, we were instructed to look for old shoes floating by. Our guide explained that when people suffer illness, unemployment, or divorce they let go of the past and its painful memories by putting their old shoes in the river. With ...

  • Whose Way?

    November 20th, 2014

    Twice I dreamed that I was driving on a two-lane road and a car appeared in my lane, coming from the opposite direction. I glanced at the other lane and saw another car moving in the same direction as I was. I was driving in the wrong lane. When I ...

  • In Prayer

    November 19th, 2014

    When I first stumbled upon this passage it was almost shocking to me. At the time I was very concerned about a friend’s situation. I was praying earnestly for my friend and to be honest, I found myself wondering just how effective prayer really was in situations like my friend’s. ...

  • Compassion

    November 18th, 2014

    Many years ago a neighbor lost one of her children through a tragic accident. I didn’t know her well, but due to the unusual circumstances of this child’s death, I cried for days. Finally, after several weeks had passed, I wrote my neighbor and was surprised to receive a return ...

  • Muzzling My Mouth

    November 17th, 2014

    Years ago, I adopted a dog that had a fear of strangers. Whenever the veterinarian examined her, he muzzled her so she couldn’t bite him. At times, I wish someone would put a muzzle on my mouth — such as the time I berated a woman who was talking loudly ...