November 6, 2018

The Messy Kingdom of God – LLFC Senior Director, Cary Hendricks

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving. This stretch of the year from Thanksgiving through the New Year is the favorite time of year in our house. My wife has started to explore recipes for Thanksgiving meals with family. And she is geared up for Christmas music to be played as soon as the Thanksgiving holiday passes. One of our favorite things to do during the Thanksgiving holidays is prepare food in the kitchen, together. […]
September 6, 2018

Creating Space by Carrying the Mat — Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

At Laity Lodge Family Camp we talk a lot about creating space, so  families might encounter God and engage with each other. We don’t presume to know what this looks like for each family, so  we purposefully don’t program family camp to be a course in “Parenting 101” or “How to be a better Father, Mother, Husband, or Wife.” During the recent Labor Day weekend retreat our speaker, Billy Suess (Regional Director, Young Life Central Texas) […]
August 9, 2018

Delights and Dragons – Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

This summer at LLFC we enjoyed the contributions of some great speakers as they shared each morning during our adult devotional time. One of these speakers was Crystal Kirgiss. Crystal holds her PhD in medieval languages and has a love for all things ancient and medieval. She is an enthusiast of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and countless other deceased English theologians.   One morning Crystal shared her thoughts on two aspects of life and faith […]
July 10, 2018

Where Are You? – Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

It’s difficult to say exactly why time in the Frio Canyon is so significant. I’m not alone in this. When families experience a Laity Lodge Family Camp retreat, I hear them exclaim, “There is just something special about this place.” They can unwind, be together, play, enjoy the “thin space.” Ultimately though I believe Family Camp invites people to consider the question, “Where are you?”.    In Genesis 3, God asks the same question of […]
June 7, 2018

Beauty in the Tough Things – Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

Spending time at Family Camp means seeing familiar faces–people with whom I’ve built friendship over the course of our last three years at Headwaters. We are now in the thick of Week 1 for the 2018 summer retreat season. I stood in the courtyard on Opening Day, talking with one of these friends about the great things and the tough things that each of our families experienced during the past year. For both of us, […]
May 10, 2018

Grief and Hope – Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

Around our house this time of year can feel a little overwhelming. While longing for the slower, uncommitted days of summer, we are instead bombarded with “end of year” parties, school projects, and field trips that require our attention and attendance. The relentless gauntlet of the May schedule is like a capstone to a demanding year of busyness and expectations. Sometimes it leaves us with a limp. For us, that seems to be truer than […]
April 11, 2018

Is there Room for Doubt? Cary Hendricks – Sr. Director of LLFC

Recently, I met with my son’s small group of middle school boys and we talked about Matthew 28:16-17.   This is the end of Matthew when Jesus appears to the eleven disciples just after his resurrection.  Scripture tells us that when the disciples saw Jesus, “they worshiped him, but some doubted.” I asked my group of middle school boys if there was a difference between doubt and unbelief. One boy said, “Yes, you can doubt […]
February 7, 2018

The Power of Epiphany – Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

After 20 years of experiencing different church and denominational traditions my family is attending a church that practices the liturgical traditions of worship. I grew up in a mainline denominational church that was marked by the protestant church calendar and the rich liturgical practices that came with it. In many ways my current church experience brings with it a feeling of coming home, much like returning to the home of my childhood and enjoying my […]
May 25, 2017

Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing – Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

Early in my career a friend and mentor taught me a lot about leading and loving people well. He passed away a few years ago, but so much of what he taught me sticks with me today.  For example, he encouraged me to “live in a state of preparedness.”  Lately, I have been thinking of his advice to “keep the main thing, the main thing.”   Too often in my life I let other, less […]
March 29, 2017

Do You Ever Question your Significance? – Cary Hendricks, Senior Director of LLFC

Do you ever question how you spend the best hours of each day? Everyone does, perhaps especially young parents with multiple family obligations and busy emerging careers. Some days I feel I spend most of my time doing insignificant tasks while others are making a “real” difference in their work.   My friend and talented musician, Jonah Werner joined us this spring at a Family Camp retreat and shared his music with us. Everyone loved […]