Writers’ Blog

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

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...

Closer Than a Brother

Closer Than a Brother

A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17 NASB) But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24b NASB) Did you have a best friend growing up? Was that person a classmate, a neighbor or a cousin? Or maybe...

How Can We Know the Way?

How Can We Know the Way?

“Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way . . .’” ( John 14:5-6a ESV) Thomas’ question could just as easily be ours today as we continue to face the upheaval and uncertainty that COVID-19...

The One Thing

The One Thing

“Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to...

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