Devotional Archives

  • Palm Sunday

    April 9th, 2017

    For ten years my husband has participated in international triathlon events called Ironman. People from all over the world gather to complete a journey of 140.6 miles. They have 17 hours to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles. Though the best athletes in the world take ...

  • The Peace of God

    April 8th, 2017

    A few months ago I flew in a small plane. As the plane moved down the runway and began to gain altitude, I noticed the change in cabin pressure. Feeling slightly fearful, I started to pray: “Please, no turbulence. May this be a peaceful flight.” Life can be like that ...

  • Pray a Happy Prayer

    April 7th, 2017

    As my daughter neared the end of her long and difficult battle with cancer, her husband and her father and I were often at her bedside. I’m sure our prayers reflected the sadness we felt, anticipating the separation we knew was coming. But one day our daughter said, “Mom, pray ...

  • My Worst Day

    April 6th, 2017

    On the worst day of my mission work in Africa, I woke up early to drive several hours into the bush. I got lost multiple times before finally finding the church where I was scheduled to teach. Even though I was late, I waited several hours while the congregation slowly ...

  • Leftovers

    April 5th, 2017

    I often serve my family leftovers to save myself a little time. The original meal is usually delicious. But when I serve the leftovers several days later, I sometimes feel that I haven’t given my best. I sometimes serve myself spiritual leftovers as well. I fit God in, instead of ...

  • Strong and Courageous

    April 4th, 2017

    While praying for a new church home, my family met two other families praying for the same thing. Together we formed a house church. We met for worship and fellowship on Tuesdays and Sundays. We read the Bible and communicated daily. But now, other obligations were taking one family away. ...

  • Accepting Help

    April 3rd, 2017

    When my friend Susy offered to teach us how to fold old books into the shape of a heart, I couldn’t wait. Once we got started, I discovered that the pattern was made up of faint lines and tiny numbers. My dreams of mastering paper-folding were replaced by memories of ...

  • 5th Sunday In Lent

    April 2nd, 2017

    There are over 60 languages spoken in my neighborhood, making it one of the most diverse communities in the world. But the beauty of our diversity is tainted by a long history of discrimination. Tensions are particularly high between our mostly white police force and our African and African-American populations. ...

  • Remember Me?

    April 1st, 2017

    My husband and I are retired educators. Sometimes we are approached by former students who ask, “Do you remember me?” Most of the time we can recall their names, but sometimes we cannot; after all, we have not seen them for years and have known thousands of children over our ...

  • Guidance and Hope

    March 31st, 2017

    Every day I ask for God’s guidance. I share my problems and concerns with God and place them in God’s hands. But as I write this meditation, it is difficult. I am holding back tears knowing that all employees at my work place — people whom I have loved and ...