True Beauty

Christy Prins

Read: Revelation 21:1-8 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (v. 5) Sadar was born blind in the country of Nepal. In developing countries, blindness can be an especially devastating impairment, since fewer resources and opportunities are available for disabled people. Unable to read, Sadar started to listen to radio programs from Words of Hope’s Nepali partner. Eventually, Sadar decided to call the producer because he wanted to learn more about …

Hope = Life

Megan Nollet

Read: 1 Peter 1:3-9 He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (v. 3 NIV) Life runs on hope. Hope looks ahead with expectation. Hope can overcome fear. The Bible says in Hebrews 6:19 that “we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (NIV). The hope spoken of in Hebrews is the Christian assurance of salvation, made possible by the life, death, and resurrection …

One Hope

Adam Navis

Read: Ephesians 4:1-8 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call. (v. 4) Hope is a central part of the Christian life. Hope is what Christ’s coming brought into the world, and the hope that Christ offers is what draws so many to him. At Words of Hope, we think about this hope every day. Words of Hope does much more than publish this devotional. We work with …

Destined for Adoption

Tammy De Ruyter

Read: Ephesians 1:1-14 He predestined us for adoption to himself. (v. 5) Adoption, by its very nature, originates in brokenness. One or both biological parents are unable to keep and care for a child. It is an act born out of pain, frustration, and despair. Yet, there is also redemption in this sacrificial gift. The giving parents have an opportunity to change their life’s trajectory; the child has a new home in which to experience family; and the adoptive parents …

The Adoption Quilt

Tammy De Ruyter

Read: Revelation 21:10-27 . . . the Lamb’s book of life. (v. 27) Hanging outside the probate court’s massive double doors, an enormous, hand-stitched piece of fabric is suspended against the wall. The courthouse staff simply refers to it as “The Adoption Quilt,” and all adoptees are asked to sign their names. Not only does it tangibly mark every adoption hearing the judge has presided over, but every signature physically marks the placement of a child in their “forever” home. …

The Community of Saints

Tammy De Ruyter

Read: Ephesians 4:8-16 . . . to equip the saints for the work of ministry. (v. 12) The courtroom was filled to capacity with friends, family, church members, his fifth grade teacher, karate instructor, therapist, even a golden retriever! Anyone who had played a direct role in helping Ben transition from foster child to adopted child was present for this grand, and yes, holy occasion. Today was the day. The judge read through the initial legal jargon, asked for comments, …