The Joy of Restoration

Gretchen Torres

Read: Isaiah 35:1-10 Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! . . . everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (vv. 4, 10) During the third week of Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order of the COVID-19 pandemic, my husband, Javier, had a stroke. As the paramedics were putting him into the ambulance, I grabbed my purse to ride along. One of …

Light in Uncertain Times

Gretchen Torres

Read: Isaiah 9:2-7 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light . . . (v. 2) The devotional you are reading today was written months ago, during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a time of fear and anxiety, and my concerns about my family’s health and well-being are very real. We are fighting a strong and invisible enemy, and we have no idea how long we will have to wait before we return to …

The Gift of Hope

Gretchen Torres

Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 The dead in Christ will rise first. (v. 16) It has been a long journey! My husband, Javier, has been waiting for a heart transplant for two years. This is a matter for prayer, but it’s hard to pray because someone has to die for my beloved husband to receive this life-saving gift. We feel selfish asking God for a heart. Yet my husband’s lack of energy, the sense of his life slipping away little by …