Devotional Archives

  • For Such a Time As This

    January 14th, 1998

    While reading the Book of Esther recently, I focused on Mordecai's question to Esther. Suddenly it became God's question to me: "Do you know why I gave you the life you have, in such a time as this?" I wondered why God has brought me into life at this time, ...

  • God's Steadfast Love

    January 13th, 1998

    Like the Israelites of old, I have walked through my own wilderness. Was I grateful for my miraculous healing 30 years ago when God pulled me through four operations in six months, astounding the hospital medical staff? Oh, yes. A deep-rooted gratitude has undergirded my days since then; and yet, ...

  • God's Children

    January 12th, 1998

    When I felt God's call to volunteer in a program that matches adults with children in need, I thought, Not now, God! I've got too many other irons in the fire. After strenuous internal struggle and prayer, however, I volunteered to spend time regularly with a boy who needed a ...

  • Offering Our Gift

    January 11th, 1998

    After destroying the golden calf, Moses returned from being with the Lord a second time with a message for his people: They were to build a portable tent of meeting for worshiping the Lord. Moses asked the people to give offerings to help build it. Men and women brought offerings ...

  • Teachers of Lies

    January 10th, 1998

    Sadly, idolatry is not a thing of the past. Although as ancient as the relics that archaeologists unearth, it is as modern as the information highway speeding us into the 21st century. Human nature has always sought to fashion gods. We want God to be like us and do our ...

  • A Promise to Depend On

    January 9th, 1998

    Children have a great capacity for hope, and much of that hope is grounded in innocent trust. Recently, I discussed the difference between a prediction and a promise with my children. The conversation originated in their hope that the weather report was "promising" snow. They came to the conclusion, however, ...

  • The Touch That Heals

    January 8th, 1998

    Twice a month I led a worship service in the activity room of a nursing home. Before the service I always walked around the room and greeted each person with a smile and a handshake. On one occasion a woman who regularly attended the service grabbed my hand and said, ...

  • Love in Action

    January 7th, 1998

    Every eye in the doctor's waiting room turned toward the weary-looking mother pushing a wheelchair into the room. A severely disabled boy lolled back in the chair. Another boy sitting near the door smiled tentatively at the boy in the wheelchair, whose face was transformed as he smiled back. The ...

  • New Beginnings

    January 6th, 1998

    Epiphany is a time of beginning again. It is the day we celebrate the Magi's visit to the Christ Child, a symbol that Christ was sent to be Savior of all people. Being warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the Magi returned home "by another ...

  • A Gift Beyond Price

    January 5th, 1998

    I looked down at the gift in the African child's hands. "It's from my mother," she said. I knew her mother - a poor woman whose crippled feet kept her from working in the fields as the other women did, raising potatoes and cabbage to feed their families. The child ...