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This Issue:

Nov/Dec 2015

  • gray areas
  • barely making it
  • you inspire me
  • and more!


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Awaiting the Birth

Robert Porter

This Advent season,
I wait
for peoples’ lives to be filled
not only with lists of things to do,
but with the real and present love of God.

I wait

11/29/15 at 07:35 AM

Waiting Grace

Sudha Khristmukti

Waiting with bated breath,
fingers crossed,
I pace back and forth;
and time moves so slowly, Lord!
I demand immediate answers—
Yes or…

11/27/15 at 11:18 AM

Living in God’s Presence

Jennifer Osborne, 21

Dear Lord,
Thank you
for wet grass,
for sweet chocolate,
for cool wind.

11/26/15 at 07:04 PM


Kristee Ravan

They crowd at my door, pushing,
eager to see what I will unpack.
I am the new and interesting one,
the wealthy American with four suitcases.
I hide my annoyance, try not to…

11/19/15 at 11:42 AM

On the Streets

Matthew Gattie

Sad gray running into neon lights,
I walk the city streets at night
in search of signs of life behind
the veil of life, so cold and blind
People’s faces, a darkened shade

11/17/15 at 07:04 PM


Julie Pickering

Gasping for  breath,
another wave breaks over my head, choking me.
Don’t know how long I’ve been paddling here,
trying to survive the rapids.

There’s no one to hear my screaming.
Are my pleas out…

11/16/15 at 04:09 PM

Make Your Life a Prayer

Alyssa Pauline Rivera, 23

When I fold my hands and close my eyes,
When I lift my hand and sing to God,
When I help someone in need or pain,
When I stare at the sky…

11/07/15 at 07:33 PM


Brian Roberts & Linda Shannon

Dear God in heaven, to you I pray.
I need your help; I’ve lost my way.
I’ve strayed from the path that leads to you.
Surrounded by lies, I can’t hear the…

11/05/15 at 11:33 AM


Ralph Carelli

First day of high school,
everyone’s making plans.
His clothes were not in style
nor the Bible in his hands.

He didn’t quite fit in.
We saw an easy…

11/05/15 at 10:12 AM

How Long, Lord?

Alina Kanaski, 24

Why do I feel I can’t talk with anyone
about what really matters?
Why have I stopped trusting everyone—
even you, God?
Why can’t I give up my sins?
Why do I keep disappointing…

11/04/15 at 02:56 PM

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