Devotional Archives

  • Full of Life Again

    June 17th, 2017

    In our HIV/AIDS clinic, we maintain a rose garden to honor the patients we serve. We grow red roses as a sign of love and solidarity, and white roses in memory of those who have fallen victim to this pandemic disease. One day I found, to my dismay, that someone ...

  • Joy in Times of Stress

    June 16th, 2017

    My husband and I were going through some difficult times with work-related stress and financial worries. We had moved back to the United States after living in another country. We accepted the first jobs we were offered. Pinching pennies became a way of life as we struggled to pay our ...

  • The Perfect Gift of Love

    June 15th, 2017

    When my grandparents retired and decided to move into a smaller home, they asked extended family members to come and choose some special mementos from the items that they couldn’t take with them. One of the items I chose was a colorful candy dish. The curved bowl had no great ...

  • Perspectives

    June 14th, 2017

    The way we see God affects the way we see ourselves. If we imagine God to be a demanding boss, we expect to be rewarded or punished based on our performance. But if we believe that God is a loving father, we see ourselves as children — imperfect, yet adored. ...

  • 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 ...