Pastor’s Blog

Daily Devotion Sept. 26, 2023

“Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life” (Proverbs 22:6,GNT).


     No. No is not an easy word for me to say. I am a recovering softshell. Saying no to my children was difficult for me to do. However, saying no to people outside of my family was even more challenging.


Daily Devotion Sept. 25, 2023

“Discipline your children, and they will give you rest; they will give delight to your heart” (Proverbs 29:17, NRSV).

     I recall the moment I drove away from the hospital following the birth of my first child. I was terrified. Resting comfortably in the car seat behind me was a little person for whom I was entirely responsible. Questions raced through my mind such as, “Do I have what it takes to be a good role model? Will I be capable of equipping my son for the future?” But the question that frightened me most was this: “Will my child grow up to hate me?”


Daily Devotion Sept. 22, 2023

“Who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14, NIV).


         The Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, Satchel Paige, once asked, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?” Born in 1906, Paige played America’s pastime until his fifty-ninth year of life. Satchel Paige refused to allow age to become an impediment to playing the game he loved.


Daily Devotion Sept. 21, 2023

“The LORD said: It isn’t too late. You can still return to me with all your heart. Start crying and mourning! Go without eating. Don’t rip your clothes to show your sorrow. Instead, turn back to me with broken hearts. I am merciful, kind, and caring. I don’t easily lose my temper, and I don’t like to punish” (Joel 2:12-13, CEV).

     Last Monday, the Middlesex County Library received a pair of long-overdue books. The books traveled by mail from a home in Ontario, Canada some 600 miles to the Massachusetts library. Officials report that the books are no longer in their system after being checked out about
seven years ago.


Daily Devotion Sept. 20, 2023

”Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV).

     In the book, The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom tells about an incident that taught her how to give thanks in all things. During WWII, Corrie and her sister had been hiding Jews in their home. They were subsequently arrested and imprisoned at the infamous Ravensbruck Camp. The barracks were extremely crowded and infested with fleas.


Daily Devotion Sept 19, 2023

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8, NIV).

     I recently had arthroscopic surgery. The surgeon skillfully repaired a torn meniscus on the interior portion of my left knee. I am amazed and grateful for the advances modern medicine continues making.

     Yet I recognize the value of my partnership in the healing process. The exercises prescribed by a physical therapist have proven invaluable to my recovery. The physician has done his work. It is up to me to do my part, as well.