From the beginning, the ministry of Today in the Word has been a two-way street, a way to connect and interact with our readers. We can now say that after nearly a quarter-century of ministry, a Today in the Word community, a family if you will, has been formed—a community that studies the Bible and prays together. It’s been a privilege for all of us at Today in the Word to contribute to its publication, and it’s been a joy and an encouragement to read your letters. We hope that our new and improved Web site, www.todayintheword.com, will make not only your Bible study and research easier but also will expand opportunities of giving us your feedback, praying for Moody, and supporting our ministries financially. If you haven’t already, please visit our Web site. We hope you’ll like it!
This month, we want to highlight some of your letters and notes we’ve received this year. We value the opinions of our readers, and we are grateful for your heartfelt and thoughtful remarks. Thank you for your letters—we read and take into consideration all of them; none goes unnoticed. Keep studying the Bible, keep praying, and keep writing to us!
Thank you for Today in the Word. With it I start my day, and it is the very best daily devotional I have ever used.
Keep up the great work and passion you all have for the Word. I have been reading Today in the Word since the ‘80s. The best time of my day is always when I am delving into God’s Word. May the Lord continue to bless your work.
—Doug (via e-mail)
This little devotional, better than anything else, has helped me understand Scripture. The people in the Bible, from the ones you always think of to the more obscure and dim, are made alive and add to a deeper appreciation of the Word.
I want to tell [January’s devotional writer] Jennifer Michel how much I enjoyed her Today in the Word devotions. What a wonderful topic that we all struggle with in some way at times: fear. I was really blessed, encouraged, and challenged. I told my friends to check it out online. I just want Jennifer to know how the Lord used her in my life and thank her for her efforts.
—Dea (via e-mail)
Thank you for the encouraging devotional. I’m a Pastor and love the feeding I get from it. Keep up the great work!
Thank you for the suggestions in the “Apply the Word” section. I have not thought of areas like fellowship with other believers or music in the context of sensing God’s nearness. I didn’t realize just how intimate those moments are to me until I read today’s devotional. Thank you for your faithfulness in helping us search the Scriptures, to grow in a deeper understanding of God and His wonderful Word.
—Donna (via e-mail)
[January’s] focus on fear in Today in the Word has been a great blessing to me. Turning seventy years old in December has been weighing heavy on my mind. It’s a reminder of how short life is. Have I done my best with the years I’ve had and what’s in store for my remaining days? I really like the statement on page five that says, “Faith does not replace fear; it puts fear in its proper place.”
—Gloria (via e-mail)
I grew up in Chicago and have lived in Florida for 20 years now, and there has been time when I was younger that I forgot to read my Bible, but every time I would come back to reading Today in the Word. You have helped me stay close to our God, have fellowship with Him, and learn to be like Him. Thank you!
Just a brief note to tell you what a wonderful blessing your ministry through Today in the Word is to me, and most likely, countless others. In this increasingly dark, foreboding world you are indeed the salt and the light God has called you to be. Thank you for your faithfulness.
—Diane (via e-mail)
Just a note to thank the Today in the Word staff for your efforts in producing this devotional. I have been using it for 25 years. I am now legally blind and cannot study the Scriptures as I used to. I listen to the day’s portion on tape, and then with a magnifier manage to read the comments in the devotional. I appreciate so much the section “Apply the Word.”
Keep up the good work. I know that Today in the Word has helped me stay focused and grounded in Jesus these last 4+ years of my incarceration.
I wanted to let you know that [January’s] study of fear is exactly what I needed! I am thankful for this devotional and how God has used it so many times in my life. Please know that I pray for you all, in addition to following the suggested prayers [in the “Pray with Us” section]. Take care and know that your labor is not in vain!
By Elena Mafter, Associate Editor
Elena Mafter has been working at Moody’s Marketing and Communications department since 1999 and has been part of the Today in the Word team in a variety of roles: editor, proofreader, project coordinator, and contributing columnist. A transplant to the United States, she loves traveling, getting to know other cultures, and learning foreign languages.