Posts from May 2021

Posts from May 2021

Remembering Loss-Memorial Day Devotion

Remembering Loss “Remember today that your children were not the ones who saw and experienced the discipline of the LORD your God: his majesty, his mighty hand, his outstretched arm…” (Deuteronomy 11:2) It is not a day to celebrate—the one they call Memorial Day. It is a day for remembering. It is a day for remembering loss. Picnics and parks do not fit as well into the day as do gravestones and flags. It is a day for remembering loss.…

Breakout

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people” (Joel 2:28). The day must come when an isolated, embattled, surrounded group of warriors must execute a breakout. It will not survive if it does not. A breakout requires careful planning, solid leadership, good timing, and sufficient firepower to be successful. The Band of Believers that made up the early Christian church had all of these. The breakout occurred shortly after Jesus transferred to heaven. His followers felt isolated.…

Eyewitnesses

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight (Acts 1:9). The One who holds the stars in space and watches over fish in the deep does nothing without a purpose. Sometimes, we wonder why he does some of the things in certain ways. Sometimes, we don’t even notice what he is doing. Questions come to our mind about the appearances of Jesus after Easter. We might wonder why…

A Mother’s Pain

“Through the window peered Sisera’s mother; behind the lattice, she cried out, ‘Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why is the clatter of his chariots delayed?’” (Judges 5:28). “Adam named his wife Eve because she would become the mother of all the living” (Genesis 2:30). It was a special name for a special person. Without her, the human race would have consisted of a grand total of one. She was essential to God’s perfect plan of creation. God…

Yesterday’s Shadow

Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD (Isaiah 2:5). Too often, I find myself walking in yesterday’s shadow. “God is light,” we are told, “and in him, there is no darkness at all.” Why, then, do I so often find myself living in a shadow? I know what causes the shadow. The darkness comes when I step off from God’s path. Doubt, dread, and shame dim the brightness that comes from the Holy…