Devotional Archives

  • Unfolding Grace

    October 10th, 1997

    I gave my children a good university education to prepare them for a future of economic prosperity and security. But I didn't realize where God's call might take them. My son, an engineer, after several attempts at working with engineering companies, finally found himself employed with the Intensive Care Ministries ...

  • Thank God!

    October 9th, 1997

    After almost 24 years of marriage, I found myself sometimes critical of my wife, Pat, in both my thoughts and my words. I could tell my words hurt her, just as hers sometimes made me feel I was unappreciated. Then one day in my quiet time I read Philippians 1:3 ...

  • Servant Leadership

    October 8th, 1997

    Leaders are not only the top officials in a country. Every family, church, or small gathering that sets out to accomplish anything has a leader. Often I hang back from leading, rationalizing that that is the humble, more spiritual course of action. But according to Jesus, leadership is not an ...

  • Held by God's Hand

    October 7th, 1997

    It was the day of the big exam. After years of telling myself the qualifying exam for the foreign service was beyond my capabilities, I finally had mustered the courage to sign up for it. With months of preparation behind me, I sat in my car reviewing my notes. Looking ...

  • Surrounded by Grace

    October 6th, 1997

    When we made repairs to our house, some of the walls had to be torn down. During this process of restoration our house was full of dust, sand, cement, and stones. The plants were covered with dust, flower pots were broken, and plant leaves were torn and mutilated because of ...

  • All the Family

    October 5th, 1997

    My family had dinner with some friends the other night. We were free to talk about anything happening in our lives. We share our lives with these friends, people we know well and with whom we have many common interests. Our friends are like family to us, especially when we ...

  • Showing Our Colors

    October 4th, 1997

    On a tour of Norway some years ago, our guide took us north from Bergen to see a glacier, a vast river of whiteness under a leaden sky. The land was treeless, the ground almost too bare for a few grazing sheep, and we shivered in the cold. While others ...

  • Meeting the Lord at Dawn

    October 3rd, 1997

    In the final days of my father's life, we often talked about what it is like to face death. One time, I expressed sadness and fear about the days to come when I would no longer have his ever-present guidance. In his typically humorous style, he responded to my anxiety ...

  • Care for Others

    October 2nd, 1997

    One day I took the underground train home from work. At that peak hour, I was fortunate to find a seat. After several stops, the train was crowded and those who got on had to stand for the journey. An older woman stood right in front of me. It was ...

  • The Thread of Grace

    October 1st, 1997

    Outside my window a spider spins its web. This web is a thing of grace and beauty, so delicate and yet so strong that it supports the spider's weight with ease. The spider walks back and forth across the strands with speed and confidence born of skill and experience. The ...