The Cruelty of God

img_8156My Featured Blogger this week is Heidi Viars of Taking a Closer Look. I’ve been wanting to share Heidi with you for some time, and finally found the right moment to do so.

Heidi is a poet, essayist, wife, mother, and much more. She not only strives to live her various roles to the fullest, but to live in the light of her Creator. Her posts offer not pat answers but meditations on questions we humans don’t have all the answers to. Still, through all of her writing runs a steady stream of hope and trust. Because she knows the One who does have all the answers.

Heidi Viars

After I cleaned up dinner, I walked out into a cold Wisconsin evening with a garbage bag in tote. One of the neighbors was burning leaves. The late fall smell calmed me. I flung the day’s garbage into the large bin as if I was tossing it overboard. A friend was going through a rough time. His struggles weighed on me and felt as if they hung in the chilled air.

I stopped in the middle of the yard. My eyes had almost adjusted to the dark as I stared into the night sky. It was beautifully clear. There was depth to the layers of starlight. A slice of a waning moon hung in the treetops over the house. Orion was drawing back his bow, his belt tight around his waist. I have always loved looking at the stars here, where no city lights pollute the horizon.

I folded my…

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Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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6 Responses to The Cruelty of God

  1. Linda Lee/Lady Quixote says:

    Heidi is an amazing writer, and one of the kindest souls I know. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Heidi Viars says:

    Thank you for the re-blog. I am honored, Mitch.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Nancy Ruegg says:

    I’m a big fan of Heidi’s writing also! She never fails to inspire and challenge.

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  4. revruss1220 says:

    Wow! She is really, really good! Beautifully captures the meaning of the moment. Another fantastic intro, Mitch.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. gpavants says:


    Thanks for always giving others a chance to shine and share their story.

    In Christ,


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