Devotional Archives

  • INNER PEACE

    August 24th, 2016

    I have recently formed a friendship with my friend’s son, who is in prison. As I read his letters, I am often struck by his ability to look deeply into his life. In one letter he shared his thoughts on ways of keeping himself focused on positive things: communing with ...

  • COMING HOME

    August 23rd, 2016

    My wife and I went to the airport to pick up our daughter when she returned from visiting her grandmother. We waited by the long hallway where all the arriving passengers would eventually emerge. The numbers grew as people gathered and peered anxiously down the tiled tunnel hoping for a ...

  • GOD ANSWERS PRAYER

    August 22nd, 2016

    When my husband was critically ill, I prayed and fasted, asking God to heal him; but my husband died. At that moment I could not understand why God did not answer my prayer. But during my grieving moment a friend shared David’s story in today’s reading with me. I found ...

  • GOD IS WORKING

    August 21st, 2016

    Each Sunday, I enter worship in full command of my emotions. But it often doesn’t last. A verse or phrase of a hymn I have sung for decades strikes me in an entirely new way. I reflect on how God has worked in my life, in the lives of my ...

  • HINDERERS

    August 20th, 2016

    When Jesus was in Capernaum, four men knew somebody who needed him so they set out to get their friend to him. When they got to the house, they couldn’t get in because of the crowd of onlookers. In this story, I see three groups of people. There was the ...

  • DARKNESS AND LIGHT

    August 19th, 2016

    My mother was a teenager in Norway during World War II. She has told me what it was like to grow up in a country under siege. Among other things, she has mentioned how totally dark it was at night. Everyone had to darken their windows, and no streetlights were ...

  • CHANGE HAPPENS

    August 18th, 2016

    As a pastor who moves to a new church at the direction of my bishop, I know how difficult change can be. New faces, new names, new ideas, and learning new ways that people interact together are some of the challenges in each new location. Receiving a new pastor can ...

  • MY ALL

    August 17th, 2016

    The widow in today’s reading knew that even sacrifices that seem small to others can be painful. She carefully placed her money in the temple treasury. Did she wonder what good such a small offering could do? Did she doubt that God would notice how much it truly cost her? ...

  • THE GLORY OF THE LORD

    August 16th, 2016

    One weekend, I decided to do one of my favorite things: take a sunrise bicycle ride. I love feeling the early morning air, seeing the dew on the grass, and hearing the birds singing. As I began my ride, I started to praise God for all the marvelous things God ...

  • GOD’S PROMPTING

    August 15th, 2016

    Recently, during a meeting of our prayer group, our pastor asked us to share our experience of accepting Christ as Savior. Many in the group talked about dramatic experiences in their personal journeys: tears, laughter, strong renewal of faith, hope for the future, and above all an immediate transformation in ...