Devotional Archives

  • Jesus Visits Our Homes

    December 19th, 1997

    In July 1995, India's cricket captain, Azruddin, visited homes of lucky winners of a national soft-drink contest. It was indeed a day of pride and pleasure for all those he visited! Zacchaeus must have experienced similar emotions when Jesus noticed him, called him down out of the tree in which ...

  • No Holes in the Quilt

    December 18th, 1997

    Recently a quilting group of which I am a member completed a friendship quilt for a long-time, dearly loved member. Each of us was given a simple pattern and one piece of fabric. We each added a second piece of fabric to complete our square and then embroidered our name ...

  • Small Things

    December 17th, 1997

    It seems that we are constantly confronted with the word big. Some people say that it is the day of the big swallowing up the small. When we see big companies buying up smaller companies, we may tend to agree with this statement. But does big always mean better? Do ...

  • Tuned In

    December 16th, 1997

    My 17-year-old son worked in a nursing home during the Christmas vacation. A member of the nursing staff became very excited when she learned he was a Christian. My son invited her and another member of the staff to attend worship with him. Two Sundays passed before they came with ...

  • Closer Than a Brother

    December 15th, 1997

    One snowy afternoon my sons, Daniel and David, played nearby at a friend's house. When the snow grew heavier, I called their friend's mother to send the boys home. When they still had not arrived a half hour later, I called the mother again. What she told me made my ...

  • Look Deeper

    December 14th, 1997

    Many people dread winter, the dark time of the year. This can be especially true in northern countries like mine, where hours of daylight are few. Depression increases, and doctors' offices are crowded. We long for spring and light. But instead of dreading the dark, we can look for the ...

  • Christmas Blessing

    December 13th, 1997

    My family and I were serving Christmas dinner at a homeless shelter. It was a busy day, with people seeking a warm meal and some fellowship on this holy day. My daughters were busy passing out napkins, my husband poured the tea, and I was passing out the hot rolls. ...

  • For the Path Ahead

    December 12th, 1997

    One day as I was driving to work, fog descended like a wet blanket. Fear and distress filled me as I slowly continued on my way. Everything went smoothly as long as I kept my eyes on the pavement ahead and the car's headlights on dim. If I put the ...

  • A Joyful Noise

    December 11th, 1997

    Lately I've been listening to church bells. Actually it would be almost impossible not to listen to church bells where I live in Agana, capital city of Guam. Here cathedral bells peal frequently throughout the day. For joyful occasions-weddings, Christmas, or simply noon on another of God's days-all the bells ...

  • One of the Family

    December 10th, 1997

    Our family gatherings on Christmas Eve have been a tradition for over 40 years. No matter where we are or what is going on in our lives, we all return home to be with one another. It is wonderful time of eating good food and having fun. We swap stories, ...