Devotional

Daily devotional life of Scripture and prayer

Mary Thompson invites busy nursing students to have an "everyday conversation" with God.

When we hope in God, we look upward and focus on the future with an eager anticipation of what God can and will do.

Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate this month, came to live with us. Real people saw God with their eyes, touched him, and listened directly to the Word of God. What a powerful experience!

When God shows up and asks me to do something impossible or risky, I remember Mary’s response, “I am a servant of the Lord; may it be done according to your word!”

Martin Luther and his pregnant wife demonstrated God's sacrificial love as they cared for the sick and dying during a devasting plague.

Strawberry boxIt’s funny how two people can see the same object in very different ways. When I see an empty strawberry container, I see plastic that should be tossed into a recycling bin. When my seven-year-old son sees that same container, he sees the frame for a Viking ship that he will build with pipe cleaners, paper, and lots of tape.

Psalm 1On a recent trip to California, I was driving down a narrow road flanked by giant trees. They were magnificent--so big, so green, so full of life! These trees reminded me of Psalm 1:3. I wanted my life to be like a tree that is healthy, vibrant, and fruitful.

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As nurses, we regularly encounter suffering. We also suffer. Suffering is a part of life, and we all ask, Why?

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The coming of Jesus changed everything for Mary and Joseph. When the angel Gabriel told Mary, “You will be with child” (Luke 2:31), it took courage for her to say, “May it be done to me according to your word” (v. 38). Everything was at stake. Pregnancy could ruin Mary’s life and had huge implications for Joseph. Yet when God spoke to Joseph he did what the angel of the Lord commanded (Matthew 1:24).

842016tressie“How exciting and comforting to know that the Jesus Christ who led in establishing Nurses Christian Fellowship in 1948 hasn’t changed one bit. Nor will He change in the years to come, regardless of how many more years he allows NCF to carry on. . .

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