Monthly Archives: November 2014

Befriending our Darkness

LIVING AS APPRENTICES “Non-violence requires that we befriend our own darkness and brokenness rather than projecting it onto another. This, in turn, connects us with our fundamental oneness with each other, even in conflict.”   Pat Farrell OSF You may recognize … Continue reading

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Thoughts for a Sad Day

My Journey I have been married to a proud African-American man for nearly 25 years. So I have witnessed (and even experienced) the mistreatment and discrimination, not to mention the rejection and pain, he has dealt with from the justice system, … Continue reading

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‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple – Thanksgiving, 2014

LIVING AS APPRENTICES I was  in the process of sending an on-line card to some friends for Thanksgiving Day when I ran across the song Simple Gifts. This lilting melody always charms me and creates a longing for simpler living, simpler … Continue reading

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On Being Irrelevant

LIVING AS APPRENTICES In his column Heart to Heart on the Renovare website, Nathan Foster has written a delightful essay on the importance of being irrelevant.  He bases it on a quote by Henri Nouwen in  his book In the … Continue reading

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Sharing Your Love with the “Least of These”

Compassion International Tamrie Kumsa (age 8) lives on the plains of Obi, Ethiopia with her mother and father and four siblings. Her house has a thatched roof, dirt floors and wood walls. Most adults work as farmers and earn the … Continue reading

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Sharing the Hope that is in You

LIVING AS APPRENTICE He was controlling and sometimes rude verging on crude, and I tried to stay out of his way.  However, we served together on a statewide literacy board which met once a month. One day during lunch  Jim was … Continue reading

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Ripening

Quotes Those of you who are over 60 and “ripening” will love this beautiful (and accurate) description of your current stage of life.  Those of you who are under 60, whether you are dreading being older or anticipating that season … Continue reading

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Where is Burkina Faso – and Why Should You Care?

Compassion International Several years ago I made a project of trying to learn the names and location of all the countries of Africa. I did not do well.  But I know exactly where Burkina Faso is because that’s where Marina … Continue reading

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