Write for The Upper Room

Writers Workshop



Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Strong meditations will contain: 1) a personal story, 2) a connection to scripture, and 3) a way for the reader to apply the story to his or her own life.
  • Edited meditations will be 250-300 words long, though submissions can be 350-400 words to give editors extra material to work with.
  • Remember that what you write will be translated for use around the world, so use clear, direct language. Hymns, poems, and word plays such as acrostics or homonyms (“God’s presence/presents”, “the light of the sun/Son”) make meditations unusable.
  • Previously published material cannot be used.
  • Avoid preaching (“you should ...,” “you need to ...,” “we must ...,” etc.)
  • Make only one point. Think snapshot, not movie.
  • Always give the original source of any materials you quote or historical fact you refer to. Meditations containing quotes or other secondary material that cannot be verified will not be used.

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Herocover july18

I wish . . . when I was a child . . .

"This is absolutely lovely! How I wish I had been exposed or otherwise taught this beautiful lesson exactly as it is written here when I was a child. Going on 60 years old now, I am just coming to believe the words contained in this piece. As I look back on my life now, I suspect that my feelings of unworthiness of God’s love began at a very young age. Not explicitly, by which I mean to say that I was never told that I was not worthy of God’s love and mercy, but rather implicitly, through my experiences with simple human error and a constant focus on perfection and pleasing others. I cannot express to you how beautiful this piece is to me; I can only tell you that it touches me very deeply. Thank you!" Read more about Pockets.