Devotional Archives

  • 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. ...

  • My Daughter’s Example

    May 24th, 2017

    One day, my young daughter came home from school and told me, “My best friend is going to throw a birthday party, and she has already given out the invitations.” I asked her whether she was invited. She answered, “No. My friend said she forgot to invite me. But it’s ...

  • No Regrets

    May 23rd, 2017

    While doing some spring cleaning, I came across a dust-covered bag. I expected it to be filled with useless old papers. Instead I was surprised to find old letters, cards, and photographs from around the time of my high school graduation. Life has not always been kind to me, yet ...

  • A Time To Wait

    May 22nd, 2017

    As I worried recently about the results of medical tests, I thought of all the occasions in my life that have required waiting. I have waited for a spouse to return from war, waited for my child to be born, waited for loved ones to regain health after illness or ...

  • Small Deeds

    May 21st, 2017

    Early one morning while watering my plants on my porch I noticed that my favorite hanging plant was wilting. The blossoms were beginning to fade. I had only a little water left in my watering can, but I poured that on the plant, intending to come back later with more. ...

  • Excuses, Excuses

    May 20th, 2017

    I have flaws, and all too often I discover something new that I cannot do well. My typical response is to spend my free time lying in bed watching TV. I cannot fail there unless I fall asleep and roll off the bed. Sometimes I use my weaknesses as an ...

  • Keep Your Heart in Tune

    May 19th, 2017

    I woke up one morning, singing a song that my classmates and I sang many years before at our preschool graduation ceremony. The song emphasized the importance of praying in the morning, afternoon, and evening to “keep your heart in tune.”* I wondered, What does it mean to “keep your ...