Devotional Archives

  • 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 ...

  • Our Song

    September 11th, 1997

    What a delight it is to see the house wren with its saucy, upturned tail and friendly, conversational song! One spring evening I was sitting on the porch with my friend whose husband had died several months earlier. While we were talking about him and recalling how much he had ...

  • A Challenging Question

    September 10th, 1997

    A friend once greeted me by saying, "Hi. How's God treating you?" "Just fine," I replied. Then he asked, "And how are you treating God?" That challenging question stopped me in my tracks. It reminded me that our relationship with God is a two-way alliance. Each day God pours out ...

  • Resisting Temptation

    September 9th, 1997

    Many years ago when I was a teenager, I was a lifeguard and swimming teacher at the local swimming pool. My boss was an endearing man whom we called "Coach." He had a way with people that made them feel safe and secure. I remember his telling me that while ...

  • Help from an Unexpected Place

    September 8th, 1997

    In early May of 1989, my eight-year-old daughter, Megan, was in a hurry. The next day was her younger sister Emily's seventh birthday, and we speculate Megan was going to buy a present for her. She darted into the street in front of our home, was hit by a car, ...

  • The Call

    September 7th, 1997

    The pastor seemed to be looking straight into my soul when he said, "In the next 12 months many people in our community will die without knowing Christ. How many of those will have lived within five miles of this church?" On those words, the service closed. All afternoon I ...