Writers’ Blog

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

Lessons From a Woodpecker

Lessons From a Woodpecker

Nick and I are savoring a leisurely walk through the retreat center meadow, leaves crunching beneath our feet, autumn colors feasting our eyes, and the calls of birds in the surrounding forest filling our ears.  “Cuk-cuk-cuk!”  Pleased that I could identify...

My Rock

My Rock

Depths of despair Try to swallow me whole Leading me down where I Don’t want to go Sickness, pain, death Hearts filled with anger Pulling so strong A very real danger It seems I’m alone Darkness closing inside The very breath I need  Only He can supply So lead me...

Bird Song

Bird Song

Have you ever listened to the birds as the sun is rising? Some are loud. Some squawk. Some trill beautiful melodies, while others repeat the same few notes over and over. What are they saying that is so important this early in the day?! Once in a while, we hear the...

Tea and Leaves

Tea and Leaves

I sit here at my writing desk looking out over the fields now yellowed and browned with age and listen to the farmers’ machinery humming in the distance. Once again, I am overwhelmed with the golden warmth of this season. The sweet scent of earth and ripe fruit,...

Autumn Rites

Autumn Rites

Autumn practically writes her own story Every leaf a page unto itself.  Let the writing flow as the leaves let go   Each one a spinning allegory.  No writer’s block among the colored trees  Tales of glory whispered in the wind. Once proffering...

Focused

Focused

“How am I going to get down this mountain?  I’ll never make it!”  My heart was gripped with terror, and tears started to come to the surface as I stood at the top of a Black Diamond Run on the ski slopes of Colorado.  My cheeks were rosy from the...

Balsamic

Balsamic

For the wound of the daughter of my people is my heart wounded; I mourn, and dismay has taken hold on me.  Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored? (Jeremiah 8:21-22 ESV) It was...

Bullseye Kindness

Bullseye Kindness

Read Matthew 5:43-48 Kindness. It’s no longer just a buzzword or a hashtag. We are finding that, as we stumble through 2020, kindness is a life-saving, life-giving practice. It has gone from just something nice to do for someone, to a necessity for survival for...

Kindness and Gratitude

Kindness and Gratitude

See that 10-yr-old girl with the toddler and his chimp? There were other kids her own age to play with, but she never really felt part of that group. Then there was Bruce, the rambunctious toddler. He didn’t have anybody his age to play with. His parents were busy...

Quietly, the Stone Fell

Quietly, the Stone Fell

(a short story based on John 8:3-11) The temple was crowded that day. Warm, moist heat surrounded me. The sun was brilliantly golden. This was not the first time I'd come to hear this man teach, but I was still uncomfortable with my surroundings. I sensed it was even...

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