Daily Devotionals

  • Forward Day By Day - August 9, 2020
    We don’t get to choose our family of origin. We don’t get to choose emotionally mature parents or a healthy household or siblings. We grow into our circumstances and we grow out of them. They are part of our story.Joseph’s family re [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - August 8, 2020
    Repetition can have a powerful effect. As hearts beat and lungs breathe, so can words repeated animate our lives.Sanskrit mantras are used in meditation. This is why sacred words are often used in centering prayer. This is why self-help books prescri [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - August 7, 2020
    I can easily behave like Mary, concerning myself with others’ affairs. I nearly lost myself in caregiving. My concern for others gave me tunnel vision, and I stopped tending to my own needs. I became irritable and unreasonable without knowing i [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - August 6, 2020
    From the Archives: April 27, 1950Life will come and with it will come our Lord. We shall likely not recognize him. But he finds us at our work and, not obstinate but ready to take a hint, he will give us success.We Christians a.... (View this reading [...]

  • On the Bubble - August 10, 2020
    A news article in May 1970 contained one of the first uses of the idiom “on the bubble.” Referring to a state of uncertainty, the expression was used in relation to rookie race car driver Steve Krisiloff. He’d been “on the bub [...]
  • Time-Traveling Letters - August 9, 2020
    More than a million young people take part in The International Letter Writing Competition each year. In 2018, the theme of the competition was “Imagine you are a letter traveling through time. What message do you want to convey to your readers [...]
  • His Death Brings Life - August 8, 2020
    During her ministry to men incarcerated in South Africa’s most violent prison, Joanna Flanders-Thomas witnessed the power of Christ to transform hearts. In Vanishing Grace, Philip Yancey describes her experience: “Joanna started visiting [...]
  • Letting Go - August 7, 2020
    “Your father is actively dying,” said the hospice nurse. “Actively dying” refers to the final phase of the dying process and was a new term to me, one that felt strangely like traveling down a lonely one-way street. On my [...]

  • Prayer in the Father’s Hearing
    Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me." —John 11:41 When the Son of God prays, He is mindful and consciously aware of only His Father. God always hears the prayers of His Son, and if the Son of [...]
  • Prayer in the Father’s Honor
    …that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. —Luke 1:35 If the Son of God has been born into my human flesh, then am I allowing His holy innocence, simplicity, and oneness with the Father the opportunity to exhibit its [...]
  • Prayer in the Father’s House
    …they found Him in the temple….And He said to them, "…Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?" —Luke 2:46, 49 Our Lord’s childhood was not immaturity waiting to grow into manhood&md [...]
  • The Cross in Prayer
    In that day you will ask in My name… —John 16:26 We too often think of the Cross of Christ as something we have to get through, yet we get through for the purpose of getting into it. The Cross represents only one thing for us— comp [...]