Category Archives: Living as Apprentices

A New Heart and a New Spirit

“A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove from your body a heart of stone, and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26. Recently I was told … Continue reading

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Remembering Frederick Buechner

Many authors have influenced my spiritual formation over the past thirty years.  But the one I have loved and appreciated the most is Frederick Buechner. Buechner died on August 15, and I am heartbroken. As a writer, I have thrilled … Continue reading

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The World Needs our Help

Nearly 60 years ago, I received a letter from my twin cousins who were attending college in  Florida.  They were very involved with sit-ins in restaurants and “five and dime” stores to encourage management to allow black people to visit … Continue reading

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Remembering My Father

This post from the livingasapprentices archives is re-posted in honor of Memorial Day. Do you see what we’ve got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent … Continue reading

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Making a Difference

Last night, after trying to absorb a day filled with the news of a mass shooting attack on an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas,  I happened on an article in the Autumn, 2021 issue of Plough Quarterly which focuses on … Continue reading

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Dealing with Contempt

I belong to a spiritual formation group that meets on Monday mornings.  Five women gather on Zoom, first because of COVID restrictions and now because it is just easier to meet without traveling. We follow an outline provided by Renovare … Continue reading

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Chickens and Roosters – Guest Post by Coral Swieringa

A few weeks ago, I had some time free from caregiving, and walked through Dittos [a thrift shop]. I found a colorful metal rooster that I knew had to come home with me. There has been this connection in a … Continue reading

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I’m Back – Part 3

January 27, 2022 was a momentous day! My blood draw earlier that month had revealed the news that the chemo might no longer be working to combat my multiple myeloma.  If the numbers continued to get worse my oncologist had … Continue reading

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