Devotional Archives

  • A Mother’s Gift

    May 18th, 2017

    My mother died on Mother’s Day — the day she and I usually celebrated by remembering when she gave birth to me and heard my first breath. But on that Mother’s Day I was telling my mother how much I loved her as she drew her last breath. I kept ...

  • The Ice Cream Man

    May 17th, 2017

    When I was around six or seven the ice cream man would come in his white truck with the chimes ringing out — a signal for the children to come with their nickels and dimes to buy ice cream. I would hang back because there were no nickels and dimes ...

  • Choosing Joy

    May 16th, 2017

    I spent one summer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan planning and leading children’s activities. Before I arrived I imagined that the other staff members would be friendly, that the children would behave angelically, and that I would spend my free time at the lake. As it turned out, the ...

  • The New Me

    May 15th, 2017

    One of my favorite places to study the Bible and to spend my devotional time is in the room adjoining our kitchen, near a fireplace and lots of windows. In this peaceful and picturesque space, I can see deer grazing, pine trees swaying in the breeze, and birds feeding. As ...

  • Seeds of Faith

    May 14th, 2017

    My parents were of Armenian heritage. My mother’s name was Zabel, or Isabel. I give thanks to God for my parents and their legacy of family prayer. I remember with fondness each night when my mother would place a worn carpet on the floor. She, my father, my three siblings, ...

  • No One to Help

    May 13th, 2017

    It was the Sabbath. Jesus and the disciples were in Jerusalem when they encountered a number of people who were blind, sick, and lame waiting by the pool of Bethesda. These people believed that its water possessed healing powers. While walking by the pool, Jesus encountered a man who had ...

  • Unflinching Devotion

    May 12th, 2017

    My elder brother, Ajagaboka, takes great delight in his service to God. Most weekends, he wakes up early and joins the women in our local church in keeping the chapel clean. He is also zealous in his participation in the drama unit, always ministering to the glory of God. As ...

  • Unchanging Values

    May 11th, 2017

    When asking for directions to a certain shop, a newcomer friend asked me, “Is it on the right side of the street or the left side?” I replied that it depended on where he was coming from. “If you’re coming from the sugar factory, it’s on the left side of ...

  • God, the Mother

    May 10th, 2017

    “My translation says something different here,” my co-leader said. We were leading a discussion on Psalm 91 and its comparison of God to a fortress that can protect and shield us. But we began by talking about the bird imagery in verse 4. Our German language Bibles had contained very ...

  • Clean Viewing

    May 9th, 2017

    Winter seemed to drag on for months and left all the windows of our home covered with a dull film. On the first nice day of spring, my wife washed them. She went from one to the next, scrubbing and cleaning. Later, as we looked out a window together, she ...