Shelf Life of Judgment

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday July 11, 2017

Nearly nothing; except for their exceptionally long shelf-lives. However, if I had to wager which had the longer shelf-life, my money would be on judgment every single time. Without a doubt, the moments in my past that were filled with judgment I can recall vividly; indelible comments, permanent...

God Knows Your Suffering, Sorrow, Grief, and Pain

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday June 13, 2017

Peter said to Paul, “You know all those words we wrote? Just the rules of the Game but the rules are the first to go Now talking to God is Laurel beggin’ Hardy for a gun; I gotta girl in the war, man, I wonder what it is we’ve done.” Paul said to Peter, “You’ve got to rock yourself a...

Sometimes an Infant Can Bring You Rest

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday May 16, 2017

Recently, I had such an experience. My daughter had just awoken from a nap, and I quickly ascended the stairs to get her with all intention of bringing her back down to the living room, where I was working. When I entered her room, I noticed that she was more upset than normal, which is saying quite...

A Nail in the Wall

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday April 11, 2017

And it’s not the type of sticking that’s “oh, hey, that’s really fascinating; let me mentally ruminate on that some more…” It’s the type of sticking that is more reminiscent of a good kick to the gut, the type that steals the very breath from you, leaving you curled up on the...

A Splendid Friend

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday February 7, 2017

Suzanne Blum’s book, A Splendid Friend, Indeed, is such a book. When I first read this book to my oldest son, years ago, I couldn’t help but try to choke back the tears at the end. The story is not merely ‘touching’, but gets at a gospel truth: unconditional love, no matter what our actions...

The Free Gift

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday January 10, 2017

Every semester in seminary there would be this one moment in the middle of the semester where all of my classes would collide on one theological or biblical concept; different teachers teaching different classes, yet the trajectory of the lectures landed each professor and each class here at this...

Barely Alive & Barely Breathing

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday December 27, 2016

Positive determination creates a situation where it has to be re-fabricated at another time, thus rendering it unsustainable; but what we learn about God and his love for us in the dark, when we are near death, revealed to us by the power of the Spirit (because we know we couldn’t have created...

How Good It Feels to be Loved

By: Lauren R.E. Larkin on Tuesday December 6, 2016

But then it dawned on me. I'm not afraid to admit that I began to see it at the beginning of the third part, chapter 32 (yes, 32 chapters in, I finally figured it out). I figured it out when I started tearing up and my voice cracked. I didn't relate to the people in the book; I related to the...