Devotional Archives

  • STILL SERVING

    May 31st, 2016

    I met Ava in an assisted-living facility. She embodied the vision of the psalmist who wrote that even in our old age, God will lead us to love. Ava had spent her working life as a seamstress. Even in her nineties, she could turn gifts of fabric into beautifully crafted ...

  • MORE THAN AN OPTION

    May 30th, 2016

    I was walking my dog in our neighborhood on a beautiful spring evening. Along the way, I observed a grandfather who was on an outing with his two small granddaughters. When they neared the road, the grandfather told his younger granddaughter, who had run ahead, “Don’t cross the street until ...

  • GOD’S STEADFAST LOVE

    May 29th, 2016

    In my sixth year of pastoral ministry, I went through a divorce. It was complicated, and I lived through several years of shame and despair. Yet during this painful experience, I came to know God’s miraculous grace. God’s unconditional love was evident in the support of my family, my friends, ...

  • SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS

    May 28th, 2016

    Early one cold, winter morning, I stood outside watching the streaking meteors of the Leonid meteor shower. As I viewed the celestial performance, I thought about the constancy of God’s love. I tried to imagine God’s Spirit hovering over the surface of the earth and developing our planet into a ...

  • FINDING OUR WAY

    May 27th, 2016

    As a volunteer tutor at a community center, I had been assigned to help a student named Tony with his math homework. For more than an hour, I had worked with him, but Tony was not interested in my tips. In fact, during most of the tutoring session, he had ...

  • WHY PRAY?

    May 26th, 2016

    Prayer is one way we have of serving God. It is not our means of getting God to do our will on earth but a means of getting God’s will done on earth. As we pray, God helps us find solutions to the numerous puzzling and painful situations of our ...

  • A MISGUIDED GPS

    May 25th, 2016

    The headline read, “Man Follows GPS Directions and Drives Car into River.” The driver of the car said he was traveling at night, and the road was dark and covered in fog. He believed that the directions his GPS gave him were correct, unaware that the unfamiliar road ahead ended ...

  • GOD DOES NOT PANIC

    May 24th, 2016

    My cousin Brooke had been in perfect health all of her 35 years until one day when she unexpectedly stopped breathing. After stabilizing her, the doctors sent her home without a diagnosis. Then, while I was visiting her the symptoms returned. I tried not to show my anxiety and fear ...

  • GOD’S POSSIBILITIES

    May 23rd, 2016

    I am part of a small ministry based in the United States that raises funds to do work in Guatemala, and our board recently returned from a week-long mission trip there. Unlike many other missions, where work is done by groups traveling from the US, the work that we fund ...

  • LEFTOVERS OR NEW BEGINNINGS?

    May 22nd, 2016

    A few years ago, my church bought a group of caterpillars and placed them in a large netted enclosure in the church. Each caterpillar formed its chrysalis and began emerging from its cocoon two weeks later. One Sunday morning, I caught one glimpse of the net and gulped. What happened? ...