Devotional Archives

  • Shine Like Stars

    February 28th, 2017

    My church has offered our members a course that encourages us and equips us to share our faith with our friends and neighbors. I usually avoid situations where I need to voice my faith to others, so this is quite a challenge for me. As I was considering the course ...

  • Dancing Lament

    February 27th, 2017

    I teach a dance class each week in which we move our bodies in different ways to express emotions, including negative ones. We bring our hands high above our heads and then move them quickly to the ground as if we’re throwing down a large, heavy object to let go ...

  • Renewed Day-by-Day

    February 26th, 2017

    I struggle with an illness that saps my strength and energy. As a result, I have difficulty getting myself out of bed in the morning. A friend sent me a picture of a phoenix (a mythological creature that rises from the ashes) with the words, “Still I rise.” I added ...

  • Still Here?

    February 25th, 2017

    As a child, I would pore over maps, all the while fantasizing about packing a suitcase and exploring the world. In high school, my plan of action was simple: to become a travel writer. I would taste exotic cuisine, collect unique trinkets, gain profound insights, and of course do my ...

  • Walk the Talk

    February 24th, 2017

    Hebrews 11 is often referred to as “Faith’s Hall of Fame” because it lists people who fulfilled what God asked them to do. One example is Abraham, who obeyed God’s call to leave his home, even though he did not know anything about where he was going. Other examples are ...

  • Love Your Neighbor

    February 23rd, 2017

    I have been a regular reader of The Upper Room for over eight years. I feel comforted and strengthened in my faith by reserving 30 minutes of my day to pray, read, and reflect on the word of God, our guide and protector. Through my devotional reading, I have come ...

  • The Prayers of Many People

    February 22nd, 2017

    Recently my wife, Joyce, went through a difficult time with serious health issues. We made a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to deal with one specific health concern. However, while the medical staff was preparing to respond, they discovered other serious medical problems. The result was that ...

  • The Father’s Business

    February 21st, 2017

    While reading about the prophet Anna in Luke’s Gospel, I felt guilty. A widow, Anna “did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.” I’m also a widow but have never spent a whole day praying, let alone fasting. Was I failing God? ...

  • Waiting for the Lord

    February 20th, 2017

    David, the presumed author of Psalm 27, had adversaries intent on taking his life; yet he proclaimed that the Lord was his light, his salvation, and his stronghold. I do not have enemies threatening my life, but I have been afraid of a raging storm, an uncomfortable task, or a ...

  • Never Off Duty

    February 19th, 2017

    Recently I met my son, James, for lunch. To my surprise, he insisted on paying for my meal, saying, “Give the money to someone who really needs it.” After lunch we parted, and I started for the train station. Suddenly, I heard a quiet voice behind me saying, “Excuse me.” ...