Weeding God's Garden

Whose Dominion?

We just turned over from spring to summer. Everything is growing. It is a time to test my resolve to respect God’s dominion and consider my own.

I go out, armed with my tank full of 2,4-D strapped to my ATV, my sprayer wand in hand. It’s not hard to fancy myself seated high in […]

On Variety

“Variety is the spice of life,” they say.

Our satellite TV pulls in hundreds of channels of programming. We sit on the couch and push the buttons on the remote to find dozens of permutations of bachelors and bachelorettes and would-be models and singers and dancers weeping or grumbling, penis jokes and incredible bargains in […]

Too Familiar


                They say, “Don’t get too familiar with rams.”

                It is advice we should have heeded. We have had Jumper, Bumper and Thumper for a couple of years now. Jumper is our breeding ram and we have Bumper and Thumper around just to keep him company. Another worthy bit of advice is that you […]

Reflections: Transfiguration Sunday

Reflections on Transfiguration, Year C
2 Kings 2:1-12  “Elijah ascended into heaven in a whirlwind.”


                No one likes being caught in a storm.

                The severe tornadoes of last summer, including the one that devastated Joplin, Missouri, surely give us a case in point. If the storm that hit Joplin would have occurred just a few […]

NY Times Article On Christianity and Animals

The October 15 edition of the NY Times has a wonderful article by Mark Oppenheimer on the fascinating of the love of animals and the Christian faith. We urge our friends to check it out. Here is a link which I hope will get you there: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/15/us/pet-ministries-are-growing-in-churches.html

First Blessing of the Animals Goes Well

On the afternoon of September 25 Heatherhope Farm hosted its first Blessing of the Animals—an event we hope to host annually.

We purposely did not advertise this event too widely so that we could keep the numbers small and feel our way into the best possible way of doing things. A dozen people showed up, bringing […]

Sharing Makes Everything More Alive

Life on the farm is full of natural wonders, but sharing it with loved-ones makes everything more alive–even […]

How Sheep Survive A Storm

Sheep show us how to survive the storms of life by simply outlasting […]

Trials and Tribulations

Competing at sheepdog trials robbed John of energy and shrank his world. He learns not to rely on drugs, but on spiritual work to counter these […]

Devotion Used for Meet and Greet the Lambs

The people gathered for the Meet and Greet the Lambs Day at Heatherhope joined in this […]