Devotional Archives

  • CALMED BY GOD’S WORD

    July 25th, 2016

    After completing a week of intense training sessions, I was anxious to get home. With traffic backed up on the freeway, I had to find an alternate route home. On the way, I began to think about Bible verses that describe the way God cares for us and discovered that ...

  • DIVINE POTTER

    July 24th, 2016

    In the Creation account found in Genesis, chapter 2, God creates humanity from the clay of the earth and breathes into humankind the breath of life. God is the creator and sustainer of all life, and we have within us the image and breath of God. In the book of ...

  • GOD’S WAYS

    July 23rd, 2016

    As I waited for the sales clerk to find my order form, I felt frustrated that my day was slipping away. I still had many tasks to complete within a limited time. A little voice within me said, “Why don’t you pray for the people around you?” I stopped glancing ...

  • A SOLACE FOR THE SOUL

    July 22nd, 2016

    Over 50 years ago in Sunday school I memorized my first Bible verse, Psalm 56:3. The teacher told our small group of children that when we were afraid, it was important to trust God because God cares about us. It was not until many years later that I began to ...

  • STARTING OVER

    July 21st, 2016

    Anytime we start over again, whether it’s a new career or a new way of life, we need to invest a great deal of time and attention if our new path is to be successful. Jesus Christ offers us all a new start, with a special invitation to leave behind ...

  • SPECIAL EVERY DAY

    July 20th, 2016

    Several years ago, when I replaced my worn, tattered Bible with a new one, I decided to try something new. Every day that I read a passage in The Upper Room, I marked the passage and wrote the date in the margin of my Bible. When the passage was especially ...

  • BLEACHED BRIGHT

    July 19th, 2016

    My great-grandmother Eliza Jane emigrated from Ireland in 1888. She had five children, but only two lived to adulthood. In 1901, her husband, James, died of smallpox. Life was difficult for Eliza Jane. The only work she could find to support herself and her children was housework — washing clothes, ...

  • FOOD FOR THE SOUL

    July 18th, 2016

    Every time I hear the phrase “the bread of life,” I think of my grandparents’ home in Toledo, Ohio. With our family gathered around the table, my grandfather’s blessing always ended with, “Now bless this food to our bodies, and feed our souls the bread of life.” As a child, ...

  • LET IT BE

    July 17th, 2016

    The song “Let It Be,” written in 1970 by Paul McCartney, has always brought me comfort. The song has become a new reminder in my life as I age. I am 88 years old, and often there comes the awareness that I am not able to do all the things ...

  • MOBILE CHRISTIANITY

    July 16th, 2016

    In Jamaica, there are more phones per capita than in most parts of the world, despite our struggling economy. Our people believe in being connected to one another and are willing to add minutes to their cell phones often to ensure they maintain this connection. One Sunday, a lay preacher ...