Devotional Archives

  • Fruit Beauty

    November 25th, 1997

    My three impatiens plants are growing beautifully. Grown from small shoots, each now occupies its own container - full, lush, and green. It is exciting to see how they have grown. Suddenly, I realize they have not bloomed in a long time. What color are their flowers? I have forgotten. ...

  • God's Masterpiece

    November 24th, 1997

    One November night, Ottawa received its first substantial snowfall of the season. The next morning, instead of catching my bus to work, I first shoveled the driveway for my wife. This decision interrupted my routine and threatened to make me late for work. I caught another bus 30 minutes later ...

  • Helping Hands

    November 23rd, 1997

    My grandparents' home was heated by five large fireplaces, and keeping the fires burning was quite a task. Even though we had a large wood pile, starting a new fire required scrap paper and chips of wood, and the pile of wood chips in the woodshed disappeared fast. When someone ...

  • God's Unchanging Love

    November 22nd, 1997

    We had brought a new puppy home and were taking turns attending to her at night. When it was my turn, I took her out to the back lawn for a walk. I looked up into the night sky ablaze with stars and began naming the few constellations I knew. ...

  • From the Heart

    November 21st, 1997

    Ralph had been married for 50 years. He and his wife had lost a baby at birth and never had another child. In later years, Ralph watched his wife slowly disintegrate with Alzheimer's until she no longer knew who he was. The only thing she showed interest in were two ...

  • Holding On in Faith

    November 20th, 1997

    When the ship reached Kavarathy, one of the tiny islands in the Arabian Sea near the Indian mainland, the sea was rough. The landing facilities at the port were meager; therefore the ship anchored a few kilometers away from the coast. Those of us who were to disembark assembled at ...

  • Revival

    November 19th, 1997

    A revival can bring a new experience of God's presence, changing the life of a community. King Jehoshaphat led the people of Judah in such a revival. He sent the best teachers, princes, and Levites to show the people God's way. Even neighboring nations were changed so that they lived ...

  • Can We Believe?

    November 18th, 1997

    When you listen to the news and hear about wars and famine throughout the world, do you wonder whether the human race will ever learn? Are you left with an overwhelming feeling of helplessness when you hear of child abuse, family breakdown, disrespect for the law, environmental disasters, and so ...

  • Stay with Me

    November 17th, 1997

    My young daughter follows a ritual every time she prepares for bed, brushing her teeth, listening to a Bible story, and saying her prayers. But one night this was not enough. So I read her another story, and then I let her have two stuffed animals to sleep with her. ...

  • Faith of a Child

    November 16th, 1997

    Occasionally on Sunday morning the children's choir sings during the worship service. I enjoy watching the wiggling, smiling children with their scrubbed faces, ruffled dresses, and little-man shirts. They sing with such joy and abandon! I hear their sweet voices singing, "Jesus Loves Me," with confidence and assurance. Children listen ...