Writers’ Blog

A collection of devotionals, stories, and poems by writers at Heartland

The Blessing – Part 3

One of our sons just celebrated his 36th birthday.  As I sat looking at his birthday card, searching for just the right words to express all I’m wishing for him in the coming year, the blessing of Aaron from Numbers 6:24-26 came to my mind once again: The LORD...

The Blessing:  Part 2

The Blessing: Part 2

I love sunlight.  To sit on our patio, drinking tea, and watching the way the morning light dapples our Japanese maple, highlighting the vein pattern of each leaf—that’s a piece of heaven for me.  I’m drawn to the sunlight.  When there’s not enough of...

The Blessing: Part I

Read: Numbers 6:22-27 Recently, my heart has been captivated once again by these powerful words of blessing God gave to speak over His people.  A new musical setting was recently written for this passage—perhaps you’ve heard it:...

Peacemakers

Peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9 KJV)  Jesus said, ”Blessed are the peacemakers..." He did not say," Blessed are the peacekeepers..." I once was a peacekeeper. I despised conflict and avoided rocking the...

If You Water It, They Will Come

If You Water It, They Will Come

I didn’t expect to see him squatting there with his green and brown spotted coat blending in with the still damp soil and tiny weed sprouts.  I had come to the gardens early in the day in search of red, juicy tomatoes for a salad lunch later.  “Well, hello...

He’s Holding My Hand

He’s Holding My Hand

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’” (Isaiah 41:13 NIV) When my son was a child, he didn’t mind holding my hand on the way into the store. But when I turned toward the groceries, and he turned...

An Equation for Oneness

An Equation for Oneness

“But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him” (1 Corinthians 6:17 ESV). Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:15-20 Oneness with the Lord.  I don’t know about you, but that’s a mystery I have a hard time fathoming. At the same time, it’s a reality I long for...

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

"The Lord is my shepherd, I have everything I need.” (Psalms 23:1 GNT) "I am the good shepherd, the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11 NIV) In these recent days of unrest, I found myself on the brink of an internal implosion or an external...

Waiting in the Word

Waiting in the Word

“You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word.” Psalm 119:114 Scrolling, reading, and watching. News that changes moment by moment. It feels so easy to sink into all the information, to pick up and shoulder all the worries, all the while waiting for the...

Weird Emmett and the Red Poppy

Weird Emmett and the Red Poppy

He slouched rather motionless, sweat dripping off his brow. My friends and I giggled and approached him, spritely hopping around his chair. As long as I could remember in my ten-year-old life, our neighbor, Emmett Armstrong, had donned his woolen WW I uniform every...

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