Never Alone

By Barbara Rainey | May 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

  Do you feel the comfort of a child as you read this prayer? Wrapped in slumber with His watchful eye alert to you? He who never sleeps, who never tires, who is my keeper, your keeper, is always vigilant, on guard, mindful. Nothing escapes His all- knowing care. Sadly, our view of God is […]

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Where is God?

By Barbara Rainey | April 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Last Monday I boarded a plane to spend the week with my daughter who had just had her fourth child, our 20th grandchild. She and I both had big plans for the week which included lots of cuddling with the precious newborn. On Tuesday night my husband arrived, ready for the much-anticipated day to come. […]

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Not Enough Superlatives

By Barbara Rainey | April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

This spring I’ve been learning about the precision, the impeccable timing of every word, every act of God. I’ve long known that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament, that each book is a long unfolding scroll with His image gradually becoming clearer with each turn of the page. Good Friday is the culmination. […]

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Maundy Thursday: Staying Engaged

By Barbara Rainey | April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

I have learned a new concept in recent years. It goes like this for me: When I am in a conversation with someone that turns to statistics, numbers, and percentages my brain begins to fog.  Soon I mentally wander away while my face stays pointed toward the speaker so as to feign attention. Math has […]

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Why It Makes Sense to Wear White on Easter

By Barbara Rainey | April 15, 2014 | 9 Comments

Saturday as I was working outside on a glorious spring day out of nowhere came the words to an old Easter song by Irving Berlin that I remember from my childhood:  “In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,  You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.” And then I thought how […]

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Palm Sunday Reflections

By Barbara Rainey | April 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

The story we know so well of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, celebrated annually in churches by children happily swinging palm branches in the aisles, illustrates our constant confusion about Jesus. We always misinterpret Him. Like the twelve disciples who wanted Jesus to become a literal king that Sunday, and mount a military […]

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I Still Need the Cross

By Janel Breitenstein | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

  This morning in Kampala, following a pleasant midnight chill of rain, the sunset cracked open the sky with a color so brilliantly tangerine, it could have been melted copper. I’d been struggling to open my eyes and move off the warmth of my sheets to have my alone time with God. But once the […]

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Where is the Excitement?

By Barbara Rainey | April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

April is here and with it comes the high point of history, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. But this month feels nothing like December. I wonder why. Are we so conditioned to giving and receiving gifts so the excitement grows from what we want? Have the lights and tinsel and glitter replaced the wonder of […]

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For Every Winter

By Janel Breitenstein | March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last week, I woke in the darkness to what must be one of the greatest sounds on earth at times, just outside my louvered window: the whisper, then the thunder, of rain. A welcome chill had settled on my covers, and I snuggled next to my slumbering husband, falling back into that wonderful envelope of […]

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You Don’t Need to Pretend You’re Okay

By Janel Breitenstein | March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

It was the end of a long playdate, and a couple of friends and I were helping our children corral Star Wars action figures and Legos into their proper homes for the night. Thankfully, playtime for the kids had left margin for deeper conversation by their mothers, and we sopped up the last few minutes […]

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