Devotional Archives

  • Never Too Old to Serve

    September 21st, 1997

    When I was asked to chair the scholarship committee for my church's Central Conference, I refused. I had chaired a number of commissions and finance committees when I was younger, but I was over 75 years old. I felt a younger person could do a better job. The amount needed ...

  • "For Me?"

    September 20th, 1997

    I was in Russia distributing New Testaments to people on the street. My Russian interpreter had gone to replenish our supply, and during his absence an old man approached me. I saw hopelessness and dejection in his face as he slowly walked toward me. Although I could not speak Russian, ...

  • Do You Not Care?

    September 19th, 1997

    The phone rang in the darkness of the night and woke me from a deep, much needed sleep. When I picked up the receiver, I heard the voice of a friend saying, "I don't think I can make it through this divorce. Can you help me?" Exhausted from struggling through ...

  • Reminders of God

    September 18th, 1997

    As I was sitting outside in my backyard reading my Bible, a seagull landed on the garden table and picked up the bread crumbs I had put there. The seagull perched only one yard away from me, watching me as it ate. Then I noticed a peculiar thing. The bird's ...

  • An Overflow of Love

    September 17th, 1997

    "I'm not going to play games with you anymore," I angrily shouted at my three-year-old daughter, at the end of a difficult day. I meant that I was not going to continue to tolerate her non-cooperative behavior. My child stopped. Her face twisted and she burst into tears. "Mommy is ...

  • Here for a Reason

    September 16th, 1997

    Mr. Newman is 91 years old and lives in a nursing home. Many persons in a situation like his might become bitter or think themselves useless. But Mr. Newman says, "I like to get out and walk up and down the halls every day. I see people and talk to ...

  • Keep Moving

    September 15th, 1997

    I have always been fascinated with water in its various forms. The rushing force of a waterfall is vibrant and exciting. In contrast, the placid stillness of a pond can appear beautifully serene. Closer observation, however, often reveals that standing water is stagnant and has an unpleasant odor. Water must ...

  • Signs of Life

    September 14th, 1997

    "Is anyone looking after you?" I looked up to see a kind, smiling man. A group of us children had been evacuated to Wales during World War II. All of the others were with their new foster parents. The last one to be allocated a billet, I was a very ...

  • Go!

    September 13th, 1997

    When my two sons were small, they had great fun trying to catch dandelion "fuzzies" being carried by the air. They would capture the light-as-a-feather balls and gleefully bring them to me. Each time I took one of the delicate treasures in my hand, I would bring it close to ...

  • Remember and Recognize

    September 12th, 1997

    As time goes by I see events in my past as more important. Many occurrences as they happened seemed like they were coincidences: the first time I met my wife, the way I got my first job, how I came to know Jesus. At the time I gave little thought ...