In This World We Will Have Trouble … but There is Hope

By Barbara Rainey | January 25, 2021 | 12 Comments

All too frequently I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. A week ago at 3:30 a.m., in more unwelcome wide-awake minutes, my brain started firing about the condition of our world. I didn’t ask for this, didn’t want it either, but it’s what my inner being was […]

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God Has Given Us Everything We Need … for Every Circumstance

By Barbara Rainey | January 18, 2021 | 6 Comments

As a history major in college and an eager learner ever since, I’ve read countless books on World War II and the Holocaust, the Russian Revolution and the Romanov dynasty, Rwandan and Armenian history … and I’ve sprinkled in books on Rome and ancient cultures, as well as  lots of American histories.  I’ve always wondered […]

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Why Prayer is So Hard

By Barbara Rainey | January 11, 2021 | 8 Comments

When I was a baby Christian in my early 20s, I decided I wanted to be a prayer warrior … someone who really knew God and saw lots of results from their prayers. It was a lofty and very naïve goal. Fifty years later I feel like I’m finally learning to pray!  In these intervening […]

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Hope After Unhappy Holidays

By Barbara Rainey | December 28, 2020 | 6 Comments

  I’m wondering today if you are feeling disappointed. The Christmas holidays are almost over. Though we are still surrounded by decorations and lights, for many of us the sparkles only magnify our loneliness. Our losses.  Were you alone this Christmas, even if you weren’t alone?  Did you watch your children not getting along? You […]

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Can You Hear Him?

By Barbara Rainey | November 23, 2020 | 11 Comments

  To my friends, Last week I woke up early. I looked out the window to assess the time and assumed it was about 6am. The sun wasn’t up but the sky seemed to be lightening in the east.  My mind began working as it so often does in my interrupted sleep world.  “What should […]

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