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Weekly Devotionals

Moonless Trust

Date posted: August 12, 2021
Some of you are perhaps feeling that you are voyaging just now on a moonless sea.  Uncertainty surrounds you.  There...
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When the River Bursts

Date posted: July 22, 2021
Psychologists chart stress factors related to various kinds of emotional trauma and the response of different people to those factors—death,...
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Take Strength

Date posted: July 15, 2021
These strong, simple words can be spiritual adrenaline for us when we need them.  They were written by a man...
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Sudden Change

Date posted: May 27, 2021
Originally published: May 27, 2021
Suddenly it happens that a source of life or joy or refreshment is cut off?  The supply dries up and...
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Drudgery

Date posted: May 20, 2021
Originally published: May 20, 2021
"I must admit I feel a lot of pressure with two children under two years of age. I am committed...
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Invisible Blessings

Date posted: April 22, 2021
Originally published: Apr 22, 2021
Being very much of the earth—earthy—we always want tangible, visible things:  proofs, demonstrations, something to latch on to.  If we...
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New England Spring

Date posted: March 18, 2021
Originally published: Mar 18, 2021
Although it barely feels like spring in New England at present, in honor of the First Day of Spring we bring you, in the midst...
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A Strange Peace

Date posted: February 25, 2021
Originally published: Feb 25, 2021
Shortly before my daughter Valerie, my only child, went off to college as a freshman, a “sudden tide” came over...
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All Things Serve Thee

Date posted: February 18, 2021
Originally published: Feb 18, 2021
The Lord’s decrees (His promises, His plans, His every word) stand fast, no matter what news we receive.  A child...
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Learning the Father’s Love

Date posted: February 11, 2021
Originally published: Feb 11, 2021
When my brother Dave was very small, we spent a week at the seaside in Belmar, New Jersey.  In vain...
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How to Discover What God Wants

Date posted: January 28, 2021
Originally published: Jan 28, 2021
A young woman came in great perplexity to a Scottish preacher, asking how she could resolve the question of her...
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Stillness

Date posted: January 21, 2021
Originally published: Jan 21, 2021
Full moon on a silver sea.  Shadows throwing into sharp relief the luminous rocks.  I sat in the antique rocking...
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The Future Is Not Our Province

Date posted: January 7, 2021
Originally published: Jan 7, 2021
While a new year offers us a fresh start, it can also bring anxiety.  Questions crowd into our minds.  Will...
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The World Must Be Shown

Date posted: December 3, 2020
Originally published: Dec 3, 2020
When Jesus was speaking with His disciples before His crucifixion, He gave them His parting gift:  peace such as the...
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To a New Widow

Date posted: October 1, 2020
Originally published: May 1, 2003
Dearest one: I know the proportion of that pain, and there is no minimizing it here and now. I also...