Devotional Archives

  • Outward Wound, Inner Pain

    September 6th, 1997

    The swelling of my right eyebrow had brought painful trouble in my heart. I felt deep resentment toward the four drunk young men who had attacked me cruelly the day before, and I began to plot revenge. As I continued to weigh this painful matter, my most loved mother hen ...

  • Knowing God

    September 5th, 1997

    I once attended an organ recital at our local church. As I sat waiting for the performance to begin, I perused the program. There were a lot of titles printed there, German and French words that I could neither pronounce nor translate. In the back of the program was a ...

  • Free But Not Cheap

    September 4th, 1997

    In the summer of 1990, I married a United States citizen and came to live in the United States. However, I discovered quickly that life here is totally different from life in the Philippines. One of my adjustments was to receiving enormous amounts of mail. This "junk mail" fascinated me. ...

  • Thy Will Be Done

    September 3rd, 1997

    PRAying the Lord's Prayer has always been an important part of my prayer life. It seems to be the perfect prayer, the prayer that Jesus himself taught us. Yet there came a time when I could not pray the Lord's Prayer. I had just had an operation to repair a ...

  • The Kitchen Stoop

    September 2nd, 1997

    Wherever I have lived, I have been blessed to live in a house with steps outside my kitchen door. Perhaps this is not a large blessing as many people identify blessings, but always having a kitchen stoop has been a blessing to me in my spiritual journey. I normally waken ...

  • Never Too Late

    September 1st, 1997

    I had not seen her in 40 years, since eighth grade. During the class reunion I took her aside. "In grade school," I told her when we were alone, "we were not very kind to you. I need to ask your forgiveness for the part I played in treating you ...