Made For Rest

By Barbara Rainey | May 23, 2019 | 6 Comments

O Giver of Love, and all that is good You have provided Sabbath for me, calendar marked since the dawn of time for me. Oh how I needed rest in my mommy years, we practiced Sabbath, knew You made this holy day for me my personal gift it seemed. Saying no to everyday on Sunday […]

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Eve and Me

By Barbara Rainey | May 6, 2019 | 2 Comments

She shall be called woman. The pinnacle of Your creation made to complete Adam, the two shall be one together a mirror of Three in One. Their fateful decision, her choice, his silence, unleashed torrents of sorrow endlessly multiplied pains. Eve’s motherhood, fount of every life on earth. Women ever since condemned to suffer pain […]

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Savoring the Savior

By Barbara Rainey | April 25, 2019 | 10 Comments

It’s been four days since Resurrection Day. How many notifications have you received about Mother’s Day or summer sales already? Planning ahead is necessary but we’ve lost our ability to savor, to pause in the now, to experience the wonder of this present moment. On this day in AD33, the entire city of Jerusalem and […]

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Marys and Soul Sisters

By Barbara Rainey | April 22, 2019 | 11 Comments

True love is brave courageous, willing to risk, sacrifice; and so three Marys, Salome, Joanna and others walked in the pre-dawn darkness to the tomb. Why did they go? Was it mere duty, a woman’s obligation? Perhaps one had signed up for that morning’s anointing work but more than six said, I’m coming too. And […]

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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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