Devotion-February 26, 2014

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). When my son was a pre-schooler, I walked into foyer to find him standing at the top of the stairway wearing his Superman cape. He told me,…

Devotion-February 19, 2014

“I do not call you servants any longer . . . but I have called you friends . . .” John 15:15 (NRSV) Words are never just “words.” They convey thoughts, attitudes, perceptions, ideas, feelings, and emotions. Ask any parent who hears their child call them “mommy” or “daddy” for the first time. Spend time…

Devotion-February 12, 2014

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and…

Devotion-February 5, 2014

But soon a violent wind, called the northeaster, rushed down from Crete. Since the ship was caught and could not be turned with its head to the wind, we gave way to it and were driven. Acts 27: 14, 15 (NRSV) Who hasn’t had life driven off course by some life storm? We know about…

Devotion-January 29, 2014

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.” Exodus 16:4 (NRSV) A story is told of some botanists…

Devotion-January 22, 2014

But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31, NRSV. Most of us began the new year with a fresh hope, enthusiasm, eagerness to get going, to break new ground,…

Devotion-January 15, 2014

You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11, NRSV As we return to our usual, busy, and noisy patterns of family, work, school, and ordinary life in this new year, the echo of Christmas’ joyful message that God is…

Devotion-January 1, 2014

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV) The New Year has arrived, loaded with promises of new beginnings and new life, new resolutions and goals to achieve, and new inspiration and…

The Story of the Loves and Fishes

 “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims [God’s] handiwork!” Psalm 19:1 (NSRV) Finding time to be with God is difficult. Busy, demanding, and stressful lives leave little or no time to be alone with God. Juggling competing schedules, responsibilities, and demands of your relationships as parent, child, spouse, significant other,…