Devotional Archives

  • SEND SOMEONE ELSE!

    July 23rd, 2017

    Ever since I was 12 years old, attending church each week has given me a sense of peace; it lifts my spirit and helps me face the week ahead. But sometimes I have left church thinking, That sermon didn’t do much for me. Recently, one sermon started tugging at my ...

  • HE’S BEEN THERE

    July 22nd, 2017

    When I was young and did something I shouldn’t have, I knew I was about to get busted when my dad would come into my room, turn my chair around, and sit backward on it. One time when the chair came out and I braced for a scolding, Dad said ...

  • BACKWARD OR FORWARD?

    July 21st, 2017

    Driving through a lush, green forest, I rounded a curve to see hundreds of white cylinders studding a bare hillside. The scene resembled a cemetery marked with rows of tombstones. Then I looked closer. Each white cylinder surrounded a tiny hand-planted sapling, protecting it from nibbling deer and harsh winds. ...

  • A SIMPLE LIFE

    July 20th, 2017

    My grandfather led a simple life; he was always content with whatever he received. He developed a good command of the English language as he worked with doctors and missionaries before and after India gained its independence. After he retired, my grandfather dedicated his life to language and literature. He ...

  • A SMALL WORLD

    July 19th, 2017

    As a child I was fascinated by maps. The world then seemed so big. Recently a charitable organization sent me a map of the world, and I was struck by how small the world now seems. I am convinced that we cannot isolate ourselves when there is so much desperate ...

  • SAYING “YES”

    July 18th, 2017

    I was offered a new job with more responsibility and a substantial increase in salary. The job description was lengthy and intimidating. I began to feel anxious. It seemed to be a dream job, but I felt unprepared and under-qualified. I prayed, “God, I just don’t know about this.” I ...

  • CLOTHED IN KINDNESS

    July 17th, 2017

    I was scared when we walked into the emergency room at 4 AM. My husband, Jose, had tingling and numbness down his left side and a slight limp, symptoms of a mini-stroke. As the staff checked us into a room, I fought to hold back tears. I was anxious and ...

  • WORKS OF ART

    July 16th, 2017

    A number of years ago I went for a walk in the woods with Bob, a friend from church who was a professor of forestry. As we were enjoying the natural surroundings, he showed me a basketball-sized, bulbous growth on the limb of a tree and told me it was ...

  • LIVE IN HARMONY

    July 15th, 2017

    I recently read a newspaper article about sociable weaver birds that live in the Kalahari Desert in Africa. They build nests large enough to house hundreds of birds on trees and other tall objects. The nests are used as shelter from the heat by day and the frigid temperatures of ...

  • GOD TRAVELS

    July 14th, 2017

    Reading The Upper Room has become one of my early-morning rituals. Before I do anything else, I read a daily devotional from the e-mail that was sent to me in the middle of the night. Doing so helps me to clear my mind and prepare for the day. However, I ...