Springtime Sprouts

Life has been happening fast at and around Heatherhope these days. Back in the hay field the alfalfa and grass that Chauncey II and III (or is it III and IV?) planted a couple of weeks ago are just minutely popping their little sprouts above the ground. We are eager for the rain that the […]

Wounded Wise

This week’s “Dear Abby” column in our local paper started out with a letter from a 25-year-old woman lamenting the absence of a healthy role model in her life. Her father had abandoned the family years earlier, and her mother couldn’t seem to think of anyone other than herself.

It’s easy to get the impression that young […]

Fences With Gates

The center of our philosophy and our theology here at Heatherhope is our belief that God gathers and Satan scatters. If you have an allergy to God- and Satan-talk, then at least consider this basic notion that we all share a need to belong, and there are forces at large that discourage and encourage the […]

Say "No" to Fear

Remember those, “No Fear,” decals that young, tough men used to put on their pick-ups? Let’s bring them back and retool them to read, “No to fear.”

Talking with friends lately it is obvious that there is a great sadness enveloping us. We are sad because there are so many people who seem to be driven […]

The Animals Teach Us Advent Expectation

‘Tis the season for expectation. Pregnant waiting. Yearning flavored with confidence. Confidence born of experience.

Advent has always been a favorite time for me. Of course, as a child, it all led up to that moment when we drove home from Christmas Eve pageant, past the colored lights on the homes and along the runways of […]

Connie's Poem "Little Lamb" On WNIJ Radio

Life on Heatherhope Farm provides inspiration.

Connie entered a poetry contest sponsored by our local NPR station, WNIJ. Of over 100 entries, she was selected as one of 6 to be read on air.

You can see her and both hear and see her poem “Little Lamb” at the station’s web site: just click here

 

Here is the text […]

Lenten Devotions Project

Lent is a time of renewal of faith. This year, 2016, the pastors and members of three Lutheran congregations in DeKalb and Sycamore, Illinois, joined together to produce a devotional booklet for the season. The them is “In the Breaking of the Bread,” inspired by the powerful story of Jesus, making himself known to discouraged […]

Handling the Primal

“I want to hold her,” Connie pleaded with me.

 

She rolled up her shirt and undershirt and took puppy Number One from me. An hour or so before I had called to Connie, “We’re losing her.”  

Puppy Number One is so small lying on Abbie’s foreleg. Photo by John

 

 

Tiny, black, with just a half of a […]

Blessing of the Animals Set For October 4

You are cordially invited to a Service of Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

That day is the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, who is known, of course, as one who recognized all the animals and other elements of Creation as brothers and sisters to us all.

You are […]

Empty Lambing Pen--Empty Tomb

           Saint Matthew’s account of the Empty Tomb contains this angelic message: “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, […]