You know, the day after the funeral is nothing like the day after putting on a conference. When I worked for the church and the conference was over, I knew I still had Christmas service to plan and Easter service to work out and the marriage conference for next year to worry about, and Sunday … Continue reading High Contrast
It feels so inappropriate that the world just keeps turning. Surely an hour must have more time in it than this. Ridiculous, right? This is where grief feels so self-indulgent. Because of course it must. I have a loving husband, and children, two beautiful children, alive with need, and joy, and exuberance just soaking up … Continue reading He does this on purpose.
A few people have asked if I would post this; thank you genuinely for caring. Here are my departing words for my father, Joseph Charles Landolt (10/11/50 - 11/7/19). Hi everyone. Thank you for coming and supporting me and my family, and honoring my father’s life. I wanted to share some of our favorite things … Continue reading Eulogy for my father.
From my readings this morning: "They forgot what He had done, the wondrous works He had shown them. He worked wonders in the sight of their fathers. ...He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink as abundant as the depths. But they continued to sin against Him, rebelling in the desert against the … Continue reading Mercy.
Once upon a time, I had a change to make. I was doing one thing, and I felt in my belly that it was time to do another thing, and in a move that surprised precisely no one except myself, I didn't do it. I like to fancy that I'm quick to obey. Key word: … Continue reading The Fallow Year.
“He has shown you, O man, what is good;And what does the Lord require of youBut to do justly,To love mercy,And to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 NKJV I know that I need mercy. I know that the people I love need mercy. I know that the people that drive me nuts need mercy. Pick any reputable (or irreputable, if … Continue reading Loving mercy.
I heard someone say recently that "the best way to pause your spiritual maturity is to not forgive someone." If you asked me what I believe about spiritual maturity, I would tell you forgiveness is the foundation of our faith. We, sinners undeserving, found forgiveness in Christ; we are therefore to forgive freely, as Christ … Continue reading Forgiveness + The Kettle
Welcome to Fluffy Sci-Fi Fridays. On Fridays (not every Friday, okay?), we're gonna get a little nerdy here. Still love doctrine. Still love pews. But I love some Doctor Who. So we're gonna talk Who. We're gonna talk some Star Trek TNG (because Picard 2020 can you even!). We might even tiptoe carefully into Middle Earth - … Continue reading You’re My Favorite – a Companion Compendium.
“God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.” Psalm 68:6 I don’t remember the moment when I first read Psalm 68:6, but it was some time within my first year of surrendering my life to Christ. Over the first few … Continue reading He sets the lonely in families.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 I have an eight year old son who is my pride and joy. He has the energy of a border collie and a heart of gold. As I get to watch him grow up, I have found my … Continue reading Loving Well.