Devotional Archives

  • Lead by Example

    January 4th, 1998

    When I was a young rifle platoon leader in the army's 101st Airborne Division over 20 years ago, the command had posted a simple sign in all the offices and classrooms on post: "Lead by Example." We could not complete a day without seeing those three words mounted on a ...

  • Living Fully

    January 3rd, 1998

    As editor of a small-town, weekly newspaper, I handle obituaries as part of my job. One busy Monday morning the wife of a beloved, retired school superintendent came into my office. She calmly told me that her husband had died over the weekend and handed me his obituary. "We both ...

  • God Listens

    January 2nd, 1998

    The Bible contains many passages about God answering our prayers. I remember from my teenage years an old woman, Lovisa, who lived by herself on a small peninsula near my home on a fjord in southeastern Norway. Everybody knew that Lovisa was poor. Everybody also knew of her strong faith ...

  • Loving Our Neighbors

    January 1st, 1998

    My neighborhood is different now. There are still a few families with young children, but it is mostly an "older" community. As I take my late evening walks, I hear in my memory the happy sounds of earlier years - the raucous sounds of children playing and the insistent calls ...

  • The Glow Remains

    December 31st, 1997

    I suffered a disabling stroke four years ago and am being cared for in a residential home. My window faces west, and each night I am able to watch the evening sky and see some wonderful sunsets. Tonight it was radiant, with pink streaked with turquoise, patches of light blue ...

  • Just a Mistake!

    December 30th, 1997

    I glanced curiously at the official heading before I began to read the single-page letter. At first I read with disbelief. "You won't believe this," I yelled to my wife. "Our tax accountant has turned us over to a collection agency. She claims we didn't pay her." I threw the ...

  • How Do I Smell?

    December 29th, 1997

    While shopping, my friend and I discovered an outlet store that sells expensive perfumes at reduced prices. I opened the door, fully expecting to be overwhelmed by a barrage of fragrances. But only a faint scent greeted me. I looked around and saw many beautiful bottles displayed. Yet what matters ...

  • The Light of God

    December 28th, 1997

    The lighting of the lamp at nightfall took on a deeply ceremonial nature in my grandmother's house. Cleaned and filled with oil, the lamp was set on the table. The mantle of the lamp, the element that glows, was heated with a methylated spirit flame. Then came the great moment ...

  • Safe in the Lord

    December 27th, 1997

    I had just finished my morning devotion. My Bible lay open in front of me to Psalm 91. I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me and say, "You shall find rest in me." I very quietly and gently laid my head on my open Bible, and a most unusual ...

  • Just Socks

    December 26th, 1997

    Like many families, we live from one payday to the next, with very little extra money. One morning several years ago I was meditating, and I began to think about homeless people. Those who are homeless are God's children, just like you and me. They have names and stories and ...