Devotional Archives

  • God Is Near

    June 13th, 2017

    A year had passed since Brion, my husband, died. My heart was still profoundly broken. One night, grief overwhelmed me. My Bible was beside me, but almost defiantly I pointed to the empty pillow, “God, I don’t want to read my Bible! I want to see Brion’s face. That’s what ...

  • The Lord’s Good Work

    June 12th, 2017

    One day as I was leaving the grocery store, a man recognized me from my teaching days. He introduced himself and asked if I could give him a lift to a nearby gas station. On the drive he told me about his broken truck and that he needed to borrow ...

  • United By One Love

    June 11th, 2017

    Some friends and I went to a piano symphony concert in Parnu, Estonia. The musicians played beautifully, and it seemed to me as if time stood still. When I looked at the program, I noticed that all the young musicians were from different countries — Germany, China, North Korea, France, ...

  • Waving the Flag

    June 10th, 2017

    Like many other places, my hometown has a maze, cut into a field of corn. This corn maze covers six acres and can be very confusing and difficult to complete. Each person or group who begins the journey is given a flag to carry along the way. Outside the maze ...

  • Growing Potential

    June 9th, 2017

    For several years, wild violets have grown in part of my herb garden. Then it finally occurred to me that violets are weeds. They may be beautiful, but I was allowing them to sap the vital nutrients from the soil to the detriment of my herbs. I had compromised the ...

  • God Is Good

    June 8th, 2017

    Several years ago, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. A few years after my diagnosis, I went through months of debilitating pain. At that time, I was unable to do much at all. Every joint hurt — even my cheekbones and my jaw. But through it all, I knew God ...

  • Hold Nothing Back

    June 7th, 2017

    My son gave me a big bottle of my favorite cologne. I treasure this gift, and as the months go by, I use just a little of it because I want it to last as long as possible. But the woman in our reading for today wasn’t concerned about conserving ...

  • Stronger on My Knees

    June 6th, 2017

    Having put all five of us children and all our belongings into the cart, my father helped my mother get onto the carabao (water buffalo) and led us back to his church assignment about five kilometers across the river. It was raining hard, and the trail was muddy, knee-deep in ...

  • Flower Pies

    June 5th, 2017

    When I was young, I could have won a medal for making fantastic “flower pies.” I would spend countless hours gathering wide varieties of rocks from my grandma’s driveway and placing them neatly in the old pie tins that she supplied. I especially loved smoothing the top of the “pie” ...

  • Pentecost

    June 4th, 2017

    I have been teaching my 6th grade Sunday school students about Pentecost. I tell them how I relate to the first disciples who were amazed by the way the Holy Spirit allows everyone to follow Christ regardless of their native language. Every few years we visit my in-laws who have ...