Devotional Archives

  • Someone Prayed for Me

    April 19th, 2017

    Each time I hear the song, “Somebody Prayed for Me,”* I remember a special woman, a servant of God, who prayed for me during a time when I was rebelling against God. I also think about today’s scripture reading, when Jesus prayed for those who would believe in him because ...

  • God’s Perfect Harmony

    April 18th, 2017

    For my birthday one year, my daughter, Veronica, gave me a deluxe collection of gospel music. The collection contains nearly everything — classic hymns, artists that my parents grew up listening to, and current gospel stars. Sometimes, I have the music playing softly in the background while I write. Or ...

  • The Best Out of the Worst

    April 17th, 2017

    Every Easter morning my family would gather at the table to begin our Easter celebration by eating rice bread that our mother baked for us. One Easter morning, my siblings and I were excitedly awaiting the rice bread when we heard a yell coming from the kitchen. We rushed to ...

  • Easter Sunday

    April 16th, 2017

    None of the biblical accounts explains how the Resurrection took place. The Gospel writers say nothing about how the stone was rolled away or what happened to bring Jesus back to life. Did his heart just begin beating and the other organs gradually restart? Did the Resurrection occur instantly or ...

  • To Pray Is To Change

    April 15th, 2017

    Last year I was diagnosed with a deadly heart disease. The prognosis was grim, and my sole option was a highly specialized surgery. Fortunately I was selected for a program that allowed me to have the surgery. I was scared, and I didn’t know if I would return home. While ...

  • GOOD FRIDAY

    April 14th, 2017

    Each year when my husband and I planted corn, we marveled as the kernels we planted would grow and become stalks with many ears of corn, each ear with many kernels on it. It was something we could depend on. Jesus taught about this principle after his triumphal entry, in ...

  • A Secure Grip

    April 13th, 2017

    When I was young, my family went walking in the forests of Hogsback, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. To get to the top of the slope, we first had to scramble up a steep, muddy path next to a big waterfall. My dad suggested that we should hold ...

  • The Path of Mercy

    April 12th, 2017

    Many people know the story of the good Samaritan and his compassion for the man who was in crisis. I find it interesting that the verb in today’s quoted verse is “showed.” It doesn’t say “the one who spoke about mercy” but rather the one who actively “showed him mercy.” ...

  • Testing the Pond

    April 11th, 2017

    Growing up, my brothers and I loved to skate and play hockey on the frozen pond near our house. Finding out when it was solid enough to skate on was quite a process. When the temperature began to drop, we would bundle up and visit the pond to check the ...

  • Strength from God

    April 10th, 2017

    As a part of my personal ministry, I volunteer at a local prison, and I am humbled to be around the men of F Block. Many of the men there have lost almost everything: their families, their jobs, their homes, and their reputations. But they have not lost the love ...