Devotional Archives

  • God’s Feast

    March 10th, 2017

    Together, my family and I attended an evening prayer service, which was organized by the church. We participated in the service with reverence and wholeheartedly dedicated our praise to God. We also offered prayers and listened to our pastor preach the good news. Then it was time for the sacrament ...

  • Serving at Any Age

    March 9th, 2017

    Following a series of major surgeries, my older brother, Lewis, reminded me that growing old “ain’t for weaklings.” Many of us will eventually have to deal with the struggles of aging. But there can be a silver lining. Generally, in our later years we retire or work less and have ...

  • How Does Your Garden Grow?

    March 8th, 2017

    Where I live, March is a transition month. Spring wants to pop through, but winter isn’t quite finished with us. I get antsy during the month of March. My hands itch to dig in the dirt. I see tiny shoots of green in my garden. Birds are chirping again, and ...

  • We are Family

    March 7th, 2017

    I was born the daughter of an unwed teenager who decided to give me up for adoption. A couple who had always wanted children, but couldn’t have any, decided they wanted to adopt. God answered their prayers when they were granted permission to adopt me. God was watching over me ...

  • A Simple Act of Faith

    March 6th, 2017

    When things are going well, it is easier to be happy and to believe in God’s goodness and care. The real test comes when our good fortune or happiness suddenly changes — when like a stormy sea, life seems to turn against us. All of us go through these experiences: ...

  • 1st Sunday in Lent

    March 5th, 2017

    Choosing God was the best decision I ever made. Looking back, I can remember a time when I felt alone and insecure about my future. I had more questions than answers and thought I had no one to help me fill the void in my life. One day I had ...

  • Missed Opportunity

    March 4th, 2017

    I’ve become accustomed to television coverage of sporting events using instant replay. But real life has no instant replay. If we miss the moment, it’s gone. I realized this a few years ago while watching our grandson play cricket. My late husband and I didn’t love cricket, but we loved ...

  • Somber Optimism

    March 3rd, 2017

    During an Ash Wednesday service in my church, the pastor alternates between two different statements when imposing the cross of ashes on the forehead of worshipers. The first is, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The second is, “Repent, and believe the gospel.” In my ...

  • A Precious Gift

    March 2nd, 2017

    I’ve always observed Lent by sacrificing something to help me remember Christ’s holy sacrifice for me. But over the years some of my passion for this practice dimmed, and I began to question my motives for observing this spiritual discipline. Does Christ really find pleasure in my “suffering”? I had ...

  • Ash Wednesday

    March 1st, 2017

    As a former college football player, I take special notice when Paul refers to sports. In the reading above Paul wrote, “Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.” Paul uses the examples of a runner and a boxer; ...