Lent Means What?

By Barbara Rainey | February 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

So what’s with Lent? Why do people fast and smudge ashes on their heads? For starters, Lent simply means the lengthening of days. Where we live it is light in the evening an extra 30 minutes already. A change that has happened since the earth began but still seems remarkable to me. But the ashes […]

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Snapshots for Lent

By Barbara Rainey | January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

For years I’ve dabbled in photography, snapping candid shots of my children that attempt to capture my delight in their being, or my sons’ senior pictures —freeze frames of the beauty I glimpse in their expressions, their unabashed joie de vivre. Photography occasionally manages to capture the depth of a moment for me in ways […]

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Lent

By Barbara Rainey | January 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Lent? …In January? It might boggle the mind a bit to know the holiday season I’m already looking forward to this year is Lent. I know, I know. Isn’t Lent the season for Mardi Gras, which has never made sense to me, or Fat Tuesday which is also an odd occasion.  And then your calendar […]

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New Year

By Barbara Rainey | January 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Welcome 2013! Clearly I am not on top of things if I’m just now posting about the New Year!  A bit of explanation includes a cyber attack over Christmas which took our site completely down into the first weeks of January, a bad 5 day virus for both my husband and me, a week of […]

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Endings and Beginnings

By Barbara Rainey | December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

There is something glittering about the New Year—other than the ball in Times Square, that is. Right now, as I look out my window, the ground is still littered with broken branches from our Christmas Day ice storm. Surviving limbs and twigs reach to the sky like fingers, poised and frozen, waiting to catch the […]

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Christmas Calm

By Barbara Rainey | December 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

A week ago we were in a group sharing some of what is going on in our lives.  Dennis and I were amazed at the difficulties others were dealing with from chronic pain to a prodigal child and aging parents to marriage struggles.  Afterward we said to each other something about how grateful we are […]

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Rewrapping Christmas

By Barbara Rainey | December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

I want to introduce you to a friend.  Janel and her husband and their four kids moved to Africa a year ago as missionaries.  She is a very good writer and has helped me significantly with projects like What God Wants for Christmas and the new Messiah Mystery, a family Lent experience coming in January […]

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Grieving with Hope

By Barbara Rainey | December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

My mom asked me to share a few thoughts on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in addition to her own found on the Mom Life Today blog. You can go here to read her thoughts. I am 27 and work at a school. I imagine that the thoughts and expectations I went to work with […]

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Peace

By Barbara Rainey | December 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

The word peace is central to our Christmas messaging on cards, in carols, displayed on ornaments and stocking holders.  But it is rarely experienced in the month of December as my son, Samuel, explained in this post he wrote this week.  He said it so well that I wanted to share it with you. You […]

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New Christmas Tree

By Barbara Rainey | December 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

When I was a child, and even as a young adult, I promised myself I’d never reduce the centerpiece of our Christmas celebration, the ceiling scraping evergreen tree, to a miniature fake tabletop version like my great-aunts and grandparents did. Real life has a way of educating like none other.  Now I understand that hauling […]

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