Weekly Devotions (Page 32)

Weekly Devotions (Page 32)

Weekly Devotion: Time Laughs

Time Laughs A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.” (Isaiah 40:6)  Time laughs at us. It sees the monuments we raise, listens to the boasts that come from our mouths, and it giggles. It knows that as it passes by, all that we are, and all that we have done, will fade away, and flee from memory. Where is…

Weekly Devotion: Just My Size

Just My Size And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son. (Luke 2:6) God’s gift of Christmas is just my size. It is a perfect fit for my small brain. People being taxed; shepherds keeping watch; and a baby being born—I can wrap my mind around that. Christmas brings God to us on our level. It is difficult to even imagine the scene of…

Weekly Devotion: Silent Night

Silent Night But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. (Habakkuk 2:20) The words are, Silent night, holy night. We have sung them softly, sometimes holding a lighted candle in a darkened sanctuary. We have come with reverence to worship the newborn King. A week from now there may be noisemakers and revelry. Not tonight. One Christmas carol carries the words, Still, still, still—one can hear the falling snow. There is already too much noise in…

Weekly Devotion: A Christmas Mission

A Christmas Mission “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:9,10). Who would want to head out on a mission on Christmas? No doubt some troops have done that. We feel sorry for them. But, if the mission was critical, we…

Weekly Devotion: Taxing

Taxing “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed” (Luke 2:1). The paying of taxes has prompted us to coin a new word. That word is “taxing.” It means to be stressed or burdened. The paying of taxes is taxing to our emotions. Maybe our blood pressure doesn’t rise when looking at the receipt of a sales tax, but when we add to that the…

Weekly Devotion: Drafted

Drafted When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary home as his wife (Matthew 1:24). “What’s your number?” That was the question on the lips of my hometown friends the summer I graduated from Northwestern Prep. It wasn’t a phone number they were interested in. It was the draft number. The lower the number, the better the chances of being drafted. The distant war drums of Vietnam were being heard even in Wisconsin’s…

Weekly Devotion: Trapped

Trapped My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare” (Psalm 25:15). He was furry. He was frightened. And he was trapped. He had tried desperately to free himself. The flecks of blood on the snow showed the struggle. The harder he pulled to escape the iron teeth, the more they bit into his bone. Exhausted, he lay panting—until he heard the sound of the man approaching. Once again he lunged to be…

Weekly Devotion: Thanksgiving Hope

“You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas” (Psalm 65:5). “If you want to appreciate the blessings upon America, go fight a war in a foreign land.” The words were spoken by a soldier long ago. But even the newest troops deployed to present fields of conflict might quickly nod their heads in agreement. Combat troops do not view a country on a carefully…

Weekly Devotion: Even Warriors Weep

Even Warriors Weep Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4). The recruit may not believe it, or maybe just not admit it. But veterans of combat know—even warriors weep. Some have felt tears flow at remembrance ceremonies. Many have wept while standing at The Wall. Some cried as they cradled a dying comrade in their arms. Others wiped their eyes at the final salute and the sound of taps. Don’t tell them that brave warriors never weep! But,…

Weekly Devotion: Traditions

Traditions  “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” (Mark 7:8). Traditions are good—as long as they don’t take the place of divine orders. No matter which branch of the U.S. Armed Forces a person may serve in, he is a member of something that is steeped in tradition. If he did not know of the traditions before basic training, he soon learned. Good traditions are carryovers of that which was good…