Devotional Archives

  • “The Price is Paid”

    June 3rd, 2017

    The wind was brisk as we stood huddled and cold on the town steps one evening in April. We were thankful we had remembered to wear our heavy coats, gloves, and scarves; and though we were not professional singers, every word we sang was from the heart: “All in an ...

  • Why God, Why?

    June 2nd, 2017

    I have never understood why people suffer or prayers seem to go unanswered, and I probably never will. I do, however, find comfort in knowing that I’m not alone in my lack of understanding or in my suffering. In today’s reading, Jesus himself broke down in the midst of his ...

  • Loss or Launch?

    June 1st, 2017

    “Kim, you’re a good employee and the residents love you, but due to budget cuts, your job is being eliminated.” I was shocked to hear these words from the director of the assisted-living community where I was working at the time. I was sad because I would miss the friends ...

  • Complain or Contribute?

    May 31st, 2017

    One Sunday morning after worship I overheard a brief conversation between two parishioners. One of the men said, “I didn’t get much out of the service. Did you?” “Not much,” the other replied. It was disconcerting to hear, though I have to admit that I have made similar complaints. Often ...

  • God Cares for Us

    May 30th, 2017

    During perestroika, a time of political and economic instability in the Soviet Union, many Russian people, fearing for their lives, left their birthplaces, their property, and their homes and ran to other places where they could live in safety. Our family moved from Chechnya to the Krasnodar region. We lived ...

  • A Second Chance

    May 29th, 2017

    I often think back to mistakes I made both in the distant past and just yesterday. Why did I make that stupid remark? Why did I gossip about another person? And then I start thinking about larger life choices: wrong turns I have taken or times when I have done ...

  • I’ve Got This?

    May 28th, 2017

    I keep a written copy of the verse quoted above in my wallet because reading it helps me to keep life in perspective. Too many times I have allowed arrogance and pride to dictate how I have approached difficult situations. Treating God’s word like a lucky charm I kept in ...

  • The Puzzle Pieces of Life

    May 27th, 2017

    When I take my son to the store to buy a new jigsaw puzzle, he makes his choice based on the picture on the outside of the box — the potential beauty that it can become. But when we first open the box, the puzzle looks nothing like the picture ...

  • What’s Next?

    May 26th, 2017

    Moses was rescued as an infant and grew up in the palace of the great Pharaoh, receiving all the privileges of royalty. But then, in a terrible, misguided attempt at justice, he murdered a man and ultimately fled for his own life. By the time of today’s reading he was ...

  • What Does a Neighbor Do?

    May 25th, 2017

    When I visit urban areas near my home, I am alarmed at the large number of men, women, and sometimes even children sleeping on sidewalks and in other open areas. Then I remember that in Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan, the true neighbor attends to the needs of others. ...