Why I Like Easter Better Than Christmas

By Barbara Rainey | February 28, 2019 | 25 Comments

I’m thankful for the incarnation, for the warm cuddly images of Baby Jesus.  But without the cross, Christmas would mean nothing. And yet it’s Christmas that gets all our attention. My attic declares the overindulgence by the number of plastic bins stacked one on another. Does yours too? Like the sudden appearing of a rabbit […]

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Heart Identity Matters

By Barbara Rainey | February 4, 2019 | 27 Comments

Opening an old journal I read, “I really wanted to go to the meetings this morning, but here I am in our apartment being a mother. Mothering doesn’t stop. Children’s needs don’t stop. Sick kids can’t be delegated. So once again I’m isolated and he, my husband, is not.” My words sprawled over the pages, […]

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Upon Awaking

By Barbara Rainey | January 28, 2019 | 23 Comments

My limbs leaden this morning my head pounding my thinking dull from interrupted sleep. Jesus did you ever feel this way? You were fully human You too experienced interrupted sleep. In my kitchen coffee helps but can’t dispel the sluggishness. Multiplied needs of others assail me; my calendar’s commitments…must be kept but seem too much… […]

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Words Matter – Part 2

By Barbara Rainey | January 24, 2019 | 8 Comments

I have a book all about snow. More like a photo album, each page shows a highly magnified and perfectly lighted snowflake. Also, like a scientific journal, the book classifies snowflakes into categories; needle, column, plate and rime. Though there are eight broad classifications and at least 80 variants, what unites all snowflakes is they […]

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In Need Of Sleep

By Barbara Rainey | January 21, 2019 | 21 Comments

    F I N A L L Y. I slide into the embrace of sheets Sigh, Exhale deeply. Eyelids close. Day is done.   Almost asleep consciousness floating dreams alighting. Breathing. Deeply.   A cry. Suddenly alert eyes wide. Thoughts flitting I know she ate enough. Will she go back to sleep? Will I? […]

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