Strangers In A New World

Growing up as a young boy in a Dutch immigrant family from the 1950’s had many mixed memories. This song is meant to musically portray the reflections of an old man who now, looking back in time at his own experiences, knows he must have some lesson to pass on.

This song was written in the late 1980’s and is written about what was experienced in the life of a young child born in Winnipeg and growing up as a young immigrant’s son.

This same child is much older now, and a lot has transpired, both good and bad, some happy and some, sad. It remains wonderful to know, that even now with faith in Christ, there is so much still to be gained.

The best is yet to come.


” And if I could count the times I was told
That we belong to Him,
And if there is only one small thing
That I can leave for my son;
I’ll pass him my candle, and I’ll say just as often,
That we, we belong to Him.”


Riese Heemskerk

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A New Father’s Song

To become a new father for the first time is an experience of a life time. Suddenly everything is different, deeper, broader and beautifully richer.

Receiving a new born child is a miracle all in itself. That this child is given to us by our Creator to care for, to nourish, and to teach , gives this gift a very special place in any Christian family.

The complex characteristics of the body & the mind of two different people, father & mother are mixed genetically together and have become another completely unique and new individual.

Healthy or not, the child, just like both of it’s parents, is created in the image of God. Now begins also a new and joyful task for both parents; to teach their young children all about the wonders of how they came to be and why.


And I danced in the light of the stars, I stood with my head in the clouds, then I ran big circles, staring towards outer space. And then I knelt once again in the light of His grace.


Riese Heemskerk

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