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Today is a daily devotional that helps God's people refresh, refocus and renew their faith through Bible reading, reflection, and prayer.

Today is a daily devotional that helps God's people refresh, refocus and renew their faith through Bible reading, reflection, and prayer.


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Today is a daily devotional that helps God's people refresh, refocus and renew their faith through Bible reading, reflection, and prayer.






Is There No Healing?

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 8:4-22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people? Jeremiah 8:22 Think of a time when you have seen someone you love reject the medicine or treatment that would help to make them well. It’s really painful to watch, though sometimes not much can be done except to cry out to God. That is what Jeremiah is doing in this passage. Jeremiah was a prophet sent by God to call his people to receive...


Accomplished and Mature

Scripture Reading: Psalm 1 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season. . . . Psalm 1:3 When students graduate from high school in British Columbia, they receive a Dogwood Diploma, named after the province’s official flowering tree. Many of the local people also refer to graduating as “getting your Dogwood.” When I first moved to B.C., I wondered, “Are students really getting a tree when they graduate?” It turns out that the diploma is...


As Soon as You Hear the Sound

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 5:17-25 “As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you. . . .” 2 Samuel 5:23 As I write this, I hear a stand of quaking aspens clattering in the breeze. According to legend, some First Nations people referred to these as the “noisy trees” because of their leaves’ loud fluttering in the wind. David had learned to be a wise warrior because he relied on the...


Hope for a Tree

Scripture Reading: Job 14:1-12; 19:25-27 “At least there is hope for a tree: if it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.” Job 14:7 I grew up on a farm in Central Alberta, where poplars, aspens, and birch trees grow along the edges of fields. While there are some big trees, it takes a long time for them to grow, and non-native trees have to be cared for meticulously in order to thrive. A year ago last winter, temperatures quickly dropped below -35C (-31F)...


Ordinary Circumstances

Scripture Reading: Judges 6:11-24 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak . . . where . . . Gideon was threshing wheat. . . . Judges 6:11 It’s quite natural to hear a message of news and then wonder whether or not the message is trustworthy. This is as true today as it has ever been, especially when communities and nations are under stress and are often hearing messages that contradict each other. Gideon, who was approached by the angel of the Lord ­under an oak tree, was...



Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 20 Do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Deuteronomy 20:19 In this passage in Deuteronomy we find the Lord giving his people guidelines about going to war. We might wonder why God allowed his people to go to war at all. That is a challenging and unsettling question, but the main point of this passage is that if God’s people had to go to war, they were to use restraint and not destroy everything in their...


The Best Yet to Come

Scripture Reading: Exodus 37:1-2, 10-11, 17-28 On the lampstand were four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms. . . . Exodus 37:20 My grandmother had a special ring that I loved to look at. It had seven colored gemstones in a long row. To me, they seemed mismatched until I learned that each stone stood for the month in which one of her children was born, and the order of the stones matched the order of their births. In a way, the temple furnishings described in Exodus...


Wood and Water

Scripture Reading: Exodus 15:22-27 They came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and ­seventy palm trees, and they camped there by the water. Exodus 15:27 Our reading in Exodus today comes after the amazing story of how God brought his people through the Red Sea and then defeated their enemies by having them swallowed by the sea (Exodus 14:1-15:21). The Israelites were now delivered from slavery in Egypt, and God was leading them through a dry desert. The first water they...


Little, Extraordinary Things

Scripture Reading: Exodus 3:1-12 Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” Exodus 3:3 It’s not always the big things in our lives that make the most difference. Often it’s the little things, such as everyday events and encounters, that shape us deeply and really change our lives. For example, I can think of brief, unplanned conversations with people—some of whom were not even close to me—that made me reflect for a long time about my...


Place of Worship and Prayer

Scripture Reading: Genesis 21:22-34 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the Lord, the Eternal God. Genesis 21:33 In the center of Freetown, Sierra Leone, an enormous cotton tree (kapok tree) stands as a reminder of liberty and how freed American slaves, when they returned to Africa by way of Nova Scotia, gathered in its shade to worship and pray. Abraham set up a significant land­mark when he planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, which was a...


Near the Great Trees

Scripture Reading: Genesis 13 So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron. . . . There he built an altar to the Lord. Genesis 13:18 The location of the great trees of Mamre was a renowned place of Canaanite worship where people went to buy and sell goods and to offer all kinds of sacrifices to their gods. There are many stories about these trees and the religious practices there, so it’s significant that when Abram went to live near them, he built an altar to...


Possible Choices

Scripture Reading: Genesis 3:1-20 “But God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden. . . .’” Genesis 3:2 In the garden of Eden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil represented the possible choices people could make to do the wrong thing—the opposite of whatever was good, true, and lovely. It’s a gut-wrenching type of foreshadowing to see Adam and Eve make the choice to eat from that tree, and this points to all the times when God’s people...


In the Middle of the Garden

Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:8-9 In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:9 In the school where I serve as a campus pastor and as an English teacher, we talk about metaphors and how important they are in a piece of literature. We also pay attention to imagery used by an author to show meaningful threads throughout a narrative. The Bible is God’s Word to us, revealing to us the grand story of creation, salvation in...


Trees of Every Kind

Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:9-13, 27-31; 2:8-9 God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. Genesis 2:9 Let’s go to the beginning of the Bible to look for other refer­ences to trees that can help us understand God’s character and work with his people from generation to generation—­including us. God created all kinds of trees that were pleasing to see and good for food. Many of the more than 60,000 species of trees around the...


Thinking He Was the Gardener

Scripture Reading: John 20:1-18 Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him. . . .” John 20:15 Can you think of a time when you were struggling and you simply needed to know some basic information about what was happening? At the empty tomb, Mary was upset and confused, and she just needed to know where Jesus was. When “she turned around and saw Jesus standing there,” she didn’t realize it was him. She thought he was the...


Sorrowful Saturday

Scripture Reading: Acts 5:29-39 “We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.” Acts 5:29-30 The Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is ­often called Easter Vigil or Holy Saturday. On this day we reflect in sorrow on the death of Jesus for our sake. Our sins were so serious that, in order to save us, Jesus had to take on suffering so horrible that we cannot ­really imagine it. But we...


A Tree Cut Off

Scripture Reading: Luke 23:26-49 “If people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” Luke 23:31 Today, as we reflect on Jesus’ death, some of us will think of the cross on which Jesus died, noting that it was made of wood, cut from a tree. Some may also recall that in his death Jesus fulfilled a prophecy that said, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13, NRSV; see Deuteronomy 21:23). In his death on the cross, Jesus took on himself the...



Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:36-46 Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Matthew 26:36 In our story today about Jesus’ betrayal, we read that Jesus went to a garden of olive trees, known as Gethsemane. This name literally means “oil press.” The Bible mentions that Jesus went there often, for times of rest and prayer (see Luke 21:37; 22:39-40). There Jesus poured out his heart to God. And on this...


Follow Jesus’ Example

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1 “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 People’s mindsets usually determine their actions. What is your mindset? What motivates you? What do you value in life, and whom do you follow? Jesus, the Savior, calls us to follow him, and Paul teaches, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” And he says, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” One day, a grade-school teacher asked his...


Jesus Cried Out

Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:45-50 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Matthew 27:46 When would a person be most disheartened? Many people say that would happen if a parent, spouse, or friend totally forsakes them. Jesus was forsaken by God and suffered the torments of hell because of our sins. If he didn’t pay the price for our sins for us, we could never be in God’s...