Devotional Archives

  • Strong and Courageous

    April 4th, 2017

    While praying for a new church home, my family met two other families praying for the same thing. Together we formed a house church. We met for worship and fellowship on Tuesdays and Sundays. We read the Bible and communicated daily. But now, other obligations were taking one family away. ...

  • Accepting Help

    April 3rd, 2017

    When my friend Susy offered to teach us how to fold old books into the shape of a heart, I couldn’t wait. Once we got started, I discovered that the pattern was made up of faint lines and tiny numbers. My dreams of mastering paper-folding were replaced by memories of ...

  • 5th Sunday In Lent

    April 2nd, 2017

    There are over 60 languages spoken in my neighborhood, making it one of the most diverse communities in the world. But the beauty of our diversity is tainted by a long history of discrimination. Tensions are particularly high between our mostly white police force and our African and African-American populations. ...

  • Remember Me?

    April 1st, 2017

    My husband and I are retired educators. Sometimes we are approached by former students who ask, “Do you remember me?” Most of the time we can recall their names, but sometimes we cannot; after all, we have not seen them for years and have known thousands of children over our ...

  • Guidance and Hope

    March 31st, 2017

    Every day I ask for God’s guidance. I share my problems and concerns with God and place them in God’s hands. But as I write this meditation, it is difficult. I am holding back tears knowing that all employees at my work place — people whom I have loved and ...

  • God Is Trustworthy

    March 30th, 2017

    I thought I was settled for life. Bob and I had graduated from high school and college, married, and were living in our hometown. Then, God called my husband to full-time ministry. Pulled up by my roots, I realized that the journey ahead would not be easy. In the past, ...

  • A Party with Presents

    March 29th, 2017

    When asked what he wanted for his 8th birthday party, my grandson Caleb said, “A party with presents. Everybody brings a present, and then we will take all the presents to the homeless shelter for the kids who don’t have any gifts for their birthdays.” And that is exactly what ...

  • Lessons of Love

    March 28th, 2017

    My 87-year-old father enjoys feeding birds and small animals. One day, I was visiting him after he had thrown scrap food into the woods for the wild animals. Instead of attracting the normal entourage of critters that live in the woods around his house, the food brought a large number ...

  • Tunnels

    March 27th, 2017

    A few years ago our family was returning from a road trip to Mumbai. I was driving on Mumbai-Pune Expressway and enjoying the scenic stretch surrounded by hills and valleys. Suddenly, we were in a tunnel. Closed spaces make me nervous and dizzy, as though I am going to be ...

  • 4th Sunday in Lent

    March 26th, 2017

    My daughter Alexis is an active three-year-old who loves to talk. Her favorite question is, “Why?” Many days we have in-depth conversations about why I go to work, why she goes to school, and even why we have to sleep at night. Recently she asked, “Why do we pray?” I ...