Weekly Devotions (Page 33)

Weekly Devotions (Page 33)

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…

Weekly Devotion: Forgive and Forget

Forgive and Forget “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34b). “With my burden I begin: Lord remove this load of sin…” The words of the old hymn are a good starting point for any thoughts about forgiveness. The Bible often pictures guilt as a heavy load, a burden, that weighs the soul down. To receive forgiveness is to have the burden lifted. Sin is often depicted as the incurring of a debt. We…

Weekly Devotion: Haunts of Violence

Haunts of Violence Have regard for your covenant, because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land (Psalm 74:20). We know about the haunts of violence—those dark places where evil thrives and danger lurks. We know there are places in our cities where it is not safe to even drive through at night. We know of other dark places across oceans where from an alley or rooftop, from a ship or aircraft, killers may strike. A “haunt” is…

Weekly Devotion: My times are in your hands (Psalm 31:15).

When, but on New Year’s Eve, is the world so focused upon time? To be sure, alarm clocks are set and calendars are consulted all through the year. But never does time receive as much united attention as when the minutes, then seconds, are counted off to mark the end one year, and bring in the next. Turning to a new calendar year seldom brings an instant major change in life—no more than a person’s birthday does. But, like a…

Weekly Devotion: Snow White

Snow White “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…” (Isaiah 1:18) It was December 1952. With quickened step he walked up the driveway, letter in hand. Instead of a stamp, the words “Postage Free” had been written in pencil. It was from his youngest boy. It was from Korea. Looking over his wife’s shoulder, he read the opening words of the letter: “I don’t expect…