Kristy Landgren

Moonlight to Daylight

 

 Photo by Caroline Ingebrigtsen on Unsplash

Welcome Daylight savings time!  I don’t know that I have been a proponent of year-long daylight savings.  I always enjoy the feel of a season change when shorter days become noticeable and longer nights appear earlier.  But with the approach of spring, it is enjoyable to bask in the glow of longer days and frolic in the warmth of moonlit nights.  Not that Spring has completely arrived.  It is certainly winter in most parts and, in California, it is still rainy and cool. Nevertheless, the Choir is undertaking rehearsals of heavenly music in preparation for its annual Easter Concert. I am reminded, through the inspirational lyrics, of the reaffirmation of new life, fresh beginnings, and endless possibilities. 

     Easter egg hunts, furry bunnies, and assorted candies are all fun reminders that Spring is almost here, but Jesus is the real reason for the season.  Redemption from past mistakes, as we forge a new course of corrective action, is among the healing gifts of His Atonement.  Peace, hope, and the assurance of a bright future are powerful rewards for even the most infantile of our efforts.  As our exertion increases, mighty changes can occur, through God’s divine Omnipotence, enabling us to achieve personal accomplishments and profound joy, those of which were previously unimagined. 

     Beyond the immediate, the optimism of the Resurrection instills comfort and confidence in deliverance from life’s greatest tragedies.  How it is that we are able to cope with pain, disappointment and the suffering of mortality?

What Do Black Holes, Cosmic Butterflies, & Shooting Stars Have to Say About Your Chances for Success

 

 Hubble Telescope “Spies” a Cosmic Butterfly (huffingtonpost.com)

    Amazing! That was the impression I recall when I think back to The Imax Theater’s 3D movie production of the Hubble Telescope. It was beyond incredible! The images from the telescope and the scientific discoveries were absolutely mind-boggling. I returned several times just to try to begin to absorb such infinite significance.

    Remember how much fun it used to be to go to an observatory and look through telescopes? Not anymore! Earth’s atmosphere distorts even the most sophisticated telescope’s photographs so that they seem primitive and inadequate. The Hubble orbits the entire earth in 97 minutes, traveling 5 miles/second, capturing a crystal-clear display of stars and worlds in countless galaxies. There is no atmosphere to interfere with the Hubble’s picture-taking abilities so, it’s phenomenal visual achievement will ultimately enlighten scientists and amaze onlookers for years to come.

    Sitting in the movie theater and attempting to comprehend the perfect order of space truly realigns and rearranges one’s perspective and priorities. I felt slightly foolish for focusing on some over-analyzed problem: Like when...

2019: Continual Thanksgiving

 

 The past year-end holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas are still fresh in my mind, even with the passing of two full months in 2019. Cold winters and cloudy days still have me remembering the sparkling lights, family, friends, food, reunion, gratefulness, fun, music, presents, love and joy! The miracle of the season is the confirmation of Belief, which confirmation occurs from the small, but exciting, acts of heartfelt gift-giving and service. The Holidays are the time of year when love, hopefulness, and renewal are most apparent.

     Psalms 51:15–16 reminds us to “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows to the Most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me” (KJV). This is one of those Scriptural passages, in which God gives commandments and then states the reward He intends to bestow. First, He commands us to offer thanksgiving: Be thankful. Secondly, He instructs us to pay vows: Keep commitments to God. Then, we are directed to call upon Him in the day of trouble: Pray for assistance. Next, He guarantees deliverance from trouble: Relief. Finally, He commands us to glorify Him, once deliverance has occurred: Return thanksgiving.

     When we are thankful...

Happy Valentine's Week

 

    Thursday is February 14:  Valentine’s Day.  Although, the day is most traditionally associated with flowers and chocolates for a sweetheart, it is also recognized as a day to show affection for friends and others important to us.  But too often, as with other holidays which have become over-commercialized, there is an unnecessary emphasis on the biggest and best gift(s), and possibly not enough reflection on the personal touches that represent the caring and appreciation we have for those dearly beloved.  While there is nothing wrong with retail purchases, a sincere love focuses on doing something for the friend or loved one, making memories by spending time together, and a devotion to those creative means, which increase bonds and reinforce an ever-deepening relationship.  

     I was fortunate to enjoy a recent weekend with two of my brothers.  I went with one of them to the hockey arena to watch a game in their two ticketed seats, while the other stayed home and viewed the game on TV.  Several times, when the play occurring near our seats was captured by cameras in the end zone...

Hope and Healing

 

     Healing can be a complicated endeavor.  Physical, emotional, and spiritual pain often seem too consuming or overwhelming to resolve.  How do we heal such deep wounds when they are frequently out of our control?  Well, healing is a process, a series of steps and actions that, with awareness, effort, and patience, can eventually lead to a successful result.  It is rarely a quick fix because it requires time and effort for mind and body to recover.  But the good news is that...

Book/CD Optimism

 

 

           According to the Pew Research Center, several resources, including comScore TV Essentials and FactTank, found that the three major cable news networks (CNN, Fox News, & MSNBC), Network News, and Local News organizations all saw declines in the average audience viewership during the time slot of the evening news in 2017.  The average audience for the daytime slots remained relatively stable.  More “Americans are relying less on television for their news”.  The Pew analysis found that Local News experienced the greatest decline but still retains the largest audience of the three news sectors...

Life as a Musician

 

 

    The earliest memories of my life as a musician are in the upper floor studio of Miss Arnold.  I began my piano lessons (with my hand curled around a golf ball, in proper positioning technique) when I was 4 years old.  My mom was a magnificent singer, pianist, performer and entertainer.  Although, I will never fill her shoes, luckily for me, she was determined that I benefit from music in my life.  She started me out with Miss Arnold’s piano lessons, then supported and encouraged me as I later dabbled in my brother's garage bands (you can imagine how well that went - sister hanging around).  In high school, I sang in/accompanied A Capella choirs and musicals.  I joined community chorales, began singing in the Church choir, and filled in as organist when I was 16. 

     Songwriting came next.  All writing enables personal expression...

The Book is for All Religions

 

 

     “Heaven Heals (By Understanding Abraham’s Covenant),” discusses the covenant God made with Abraham, specifically, the covenant He made with Sarah and Abraham.  Because documentation explaining this covenant is scattered throughout the scriptures, it can be difficult to realize its significance, and how it relates to all of God’s children. But, in this book, the documentation has been gathered and compiled into a concise study, which is easy for readers to understand and to apply to each one’s individual situation. 

     People from all religions will find it interesting to explore, throughout the book, the covenant between God and Sarah/Abraham because, as they will discover, it has a relationship to all individuals/couples.  All religions have origins in God and the three major world religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have foundational ties to the Old Testament.  God created mankind in His image and He loves all His children.  The study of Abraham’s covenant reveals...

Why Read the Bible?

 

    

    Going to church is the way we worship God and we participate in fellowship with other believers.  There is a peace that comes from the momentary escape of weekly concerns, as we settle into the reverence of the sanctuary and the calming music that precedes the hour’s lessons of holy instruction.   It is a time to offer prayers of gratitude or concerns, praise God through song and story, and reflect on the activities of the recent past, with intended strategies for improvement, as we go forward towards a brand-new week of hopefulness.  There is a generated energy achieved from the weekly “battery recharge,” a refocus on God’s priorities and a recommitment to follow Him and serve others.  Fellowship is gained from associations with similar believers; strength is in numbers and accomplishment is assured with a battalion of devoted do-gooders, confident in the dutiful purpose of bettering ourselves and the world around us.

    On a personal level, when we study the Bible, individually, among families, or in small groups, we allow...

 

Sarah and Abraham's Synopsis

 

    The book of Genesis, in the Bible, tells that the prophet, Abraham, was originally named Abram, and Sarah, his wife, originally Sarai.  God told Abram to leave his country, Ur, and He would show them the way towards the land of Canaan, where he would be blessed by God.  As they traveled in Canaan, they came upon a famine, so Abram and Sarai continued southward to Egypt.  But Abram feared that, because his wife was beautiful, he would be killed, and she would be taken by the princes to Pharaoh.  At this trying time, they devised a plan to pass her off as his sister.  When they arrived in Egypt, they were, indeed, separated.  Abram was treated well because they believed him to be her brother but Sarai was taken away to the palace of Pharaoh.  So, God sent plagues to afflict Pharaoh’s household.  It was then that they were discovered to be a married couple.  Pharaoh was angry and sent them away, out of Egypt, where they returned to Canaan.   

    Abram and Sarai were devoted to each other and they, like other devoted couples, were in search of a chance at the happy life of faith and family.  God had previously promised Abram an everlasting seed, which would become a great nation, blessing the entire earth.  Because of Abram’s great faith, he believed God, but wondered how he would have a child, since Sarai was barren.  God reiterated that he would create a covenant with him but, thus far, the means by which this covenant would be established had remained vague.  

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