Shoot! I’m Verklempt!

Linda Richman is a little VerklemptAll through the summer I’ve had the pleasure of co-teaching a parenting seminar with my wife Aleta at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center. It was a lot of fun to work together on the content, and even more fun to co-teach with her. She is so insightful, so knowledgeable about human development, and a whole lot of fun. People really, really enjoy the vibrant energy of my wife and I love to see it in action!

There’s something else I love about my wife. As we wrapped up teaching our final seminar last Friday, Aleta was talking about how important it is to give our kids an opportunity to experience redemption when we discipline them. In other words, instead of just taking away a phone or a privilege, we also want to give our kids a way to make amends and redeem our trust and their privileges. As Aleta was describing this she said, “Just think of how our heavenly Father has given us many opportunities to experience redemption . . . ” Then her voice just trailed off and she stopped. I know my wife, and I just looked at her chin. Yup! Her chin started to quiver. In that split second in front of a bunch of strangers, her heart and her head were totally congruent and she was instantly moved to a quivering-chin-lump-in-the-throat-verklempt moment of worshipful wonder over the immense grace of God. I wanna be more like that when I think about God’s grace in my life!

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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