In His Presence

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. Psalm 89:15 The seventeenth-century monk Brother Lawrence, before a day’s work as cook in his community, would pray, “O my God . . . grant me your grace to stay in your...

Great Love

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1 Recently, we took our twenty-two-month-old granddaughter, Moriah, overnight for the first time without her older brothers. We lavished lots...

A Good Ending

The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face. Revelation 22:3–4 As the lights dimmed and we prepared to watch Apollo 13, my friend said under his breath, “Shame they all died.” I watched the movie about...

Think Before You Speak

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3 Cheung was upset with his wife for failing to check the directions to the famous restaurant where they hoped to dine. The family had planned to round out their holiday in Japan with a...

Our Prayers, God’s Timing

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20 Sometimes God takes His time in answering our prayers, and that isn’t always easy for us to understand. That was the situation...

Powerful Baby

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? . . . But I trust in your unfailing love. Psalm 13:1, 5 The first time I saw him, I cried. He looked like a perfect newborn asleep in his crib. But we knew he would never wake up. Not until he was in the arms of Jesus. He...