Devotional Archives

  • To Be Forgiven

    October 20th, 1997

    C. S. Lewis wrote, "Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive."1 Lewis recognized a key fact of my human condition. I love to hold on to my hurts, my grievances. Surely I do not want to feel the pain that I embrace. Perhaps recognizing ...

  • Through the Fog

    October 19th, 1997

    Some mornings as I sit on my porch I see fog enfolding, snuggling, cuddling everything: trees, bushes, the little stream, and God's creatures. The trees seem like cardboard cutouts; their dimensions, color, and depth are swallowed in the fog. I hear the birds singing their songs, but I cannot see ...

  • Are You Marching?

    October 18th, 1997

    Several weeks ago my wife and I participated in a march on behalf of persons living with HIV/AIDS. It was a protest against the discrimination suffered by those who are infected with the HIV/AIDS virus. Fired from their jobs, expelled from learning institutions, deprived of medical care, and shunned by ...

  • Little Acts of Faithfulness

    October 17th, 1997

    Every Friday I take a pleasant drive to a neighboring town to visit Mom. As I drove my regular route one week, I noticed the speed-limit sign said 65 miles per hour. I set my cruise control on 70. Immediately I thought, Why would I deliberately break that law? ...

  • Food for the Hungry

    October 16th, 1997

    Accustomed to coffee breaks, snacks, and three full meals a day, we often feel as if we are starving when we go more than a few hours without eating. Have we forgotten that millions of people in our world are literally starving to death today? Many have not eaten in ...

  • On Bended Knee

    October 15th, 1997

    On the first evening of the women's retreat, my roommate, Elizabeth, said, "Peggy, I'm going ahead to our room." I assumed she must be tired after a full day. About 30 minutes later, I opened the door to our room, expecting the room to be dark and her to be ...

  • Proclaiming God's Goodness

    October 14th, 1997

    A large crowd attended the funeral service of a revered school teacher who served as headmaster for many years. Among those present at the service were many of his former students, colleagues, and community leaders. They stood up one after another and expressed their sadness and sympathy, sparing no words ...

  • Walking in the Light

    October 13th, 1997

    If you pass through Greensboro, North Carolina, you will see a sign telling you that William Sydney Porter was born there. You may not know who he was. William Sydney Porter was a literary genius who went by the name of O. Henry. On the fifth day of June, 1910, ...

  • More Than Enough

    October 12th, 1997

    I am presently attending a private university where the tuition is high and the cost of social conformity is even higher. I am paying for college with grants and loans and can scarcely afford groceries each week. For a while I was quite distressed by this and jealous of those ...

  • Thankfulness

    October 11th, 1997

    As I write five years after my open-heart surgery, I am reminded of accounts of near-death experiences. Some individuals who have come back from death's door tell strange and exciting reports of floating, seeing, feeling, hearing, and then returning to life. I experienced none of these events, although I do ...