DAILY DEVOTIONS

THE SATURDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING
November 19th, 2022
Sarah Josepha Hale – do you even recognize the name?  Sarah was an American writer who, through much campaigning, convinced Abraham Lincoln to declare a day in November 1863 to be designated a National Day of Thanksgiving for “general blessings.”  What we think of as our country’s first Thanksgiving occurred in the fall of 1621 when the Native Americans and the pilgrims came together for a harvest...
3 Things to Learn from The Lost Son
November 18th, 2022
“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.  But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” (Luke 15:31-32)The parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15 is a beautiful (and pretty painful) reminder of God’s love for us. I think this one lands firmly on our hearts because we can relate. We...
Big Brother Feelings
November 17th, 2022
"’For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.” (Luke 15:24-26)It’s almost too good to be true. He’s come home! I can only imagine our party-boy-turned-slop-craver practiced ...
The Pig Pen
November 16th, 2022
“So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.  He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father,...
Gimmie Mine!
November 15th, 2022
Then he said, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’“So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine a...