Devotions

What to do While Waiting

“So you, by the help of your God, return,    hold fast to love and justice,    and wait continually for your God.” –Hosea 12:6 (ESV) I have had some really long waits at airports. When I was in the military, returning from overseas, at times I even waited overnight. A hotel room was not[Read More…]

Grumpy Gratitude?

“but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action” –Daniel 11:32b (ESV) Thanksgiving Day is this week. I’m supposed to be thankful. I’m supposed to have an attitude of gratitude. But this year it is hard. There is so much that troubles me. Dare I confess[Read More…]

New Every Morning

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;    his mercies never come to an end;they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. —Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV) Now that we are back on “standard” time, I get to experience the sun rising during the time that I have my quiet time each[Read More…]

Caring For My City

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.—Jeremiah 29:7 (ESV) I live in the Kansas City metropolitan area. I am one of over 2 million people who live here. I[Read More…]

The Forever Word

The grass withers, the flower fades,    but the word of our God will stand forever. —Isaiah 40:8 (ESV) One week ago our maple trees were full of color, bright reds and oranges. Fall is such a beautiful time of year. Now, only one week later, things have changed. Most of the[Read More…]

His Banner Over Me is Love

“He brought me to the banqueting house,    and his banner over me was love.”—Song of Solomon 2:4 (ESV) When I was in the military we had “Dining Ins” and “Dining Outs.” (I still struggle with the difference!). Today, many organizations have banquets and galas. My own organization had two! Getting together over[Read More…]

Meaning or Meaningless

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”    says the Teacher.“Utterly meaningless!    Everything is meaningless.” —Ecclesiastes 1:2 (NIV) I know that I’ve been in routines that seem to be so repetitious that I questioned any purpose. It was like I was just going through the motions. Get up, clean up, eat, work, watch some TV, go to bed,[Read More…]

Tomorrow

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. – Proverbs 27:1 (ESV) I really like to plan. I’ve been that way for as long as I can remember. Not everyone plans like I do. When I was recently asked to come up with[Read More…]

Rage

Psalm 2:1 (ESV) – Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? I remember what I was doing when the commercial airlines crashed into the World Trade Centers. I realized then that my life, and the lives of many, had changed. In the course of human history, it[Read More…]