Do You Secretly—or Not so Secretly—Hate Valentine’s Day?

By Barbara Rainey | January 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Christmas is barely three weeks past and soon Valentine’s Day will be upon us. How does that make you feel? Rushed? Tired? Resistant to the not-so-subtle pressure to buy and decorate … again? As with most of our annual worldwide holidays, this one sprang from a true Christian story. You can easily Google the man […]

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The Incarnation

By Barbara Rainey | December 16, 2019 | 3 Comments

A gossamer veil between this world and the next, division of temporal and eternal seen and unseen . . . Pierced. Light of the world sent by God, broke through, came to us. Emptied … became microscopic, past the curtain to our side entered the chosen cell. From that other world— more real, substantive than […]

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Cradle To Cross

By Barbara Rainey | December 9, 2019 | 1 Comment

Beautiful Savior, What more could be done than Thou has done! Thy death is my  LIFE, Thy resurrection my  PEACE, Thy ascension my  HOPE, Thy prayers my COMFORT. Help me give thanks today and forever. Amen. Valley of Vision, page 87 The incarnation of Jesus … His first coming to earth … incognito … as […]

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Advent

By Barbara Rainey | December 2, 2019 | 1 Comment

The first promise of hope after the fall, “Her offspring will bruise your head.” Eve, sure her firstborn was the promise fulfilled … but Cain killed Abel, her heart and hopes dashed, crushed . . . But God . . . Like bread crumbs along the path more hints, clues, promises sprinkled. Deliverers, kings, prophets […]

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How to Prepare for Advent While Roasting a Turkey

By Barbara Rainey | November 25, 2019 | 1 Comment

Overlapping precariously close this year are Thanksgiving Day followed three short days later by the first Sunday of Advent. Preparing for Advent has always taken a back seat for me because our Thanksgiving holiday is like a family reunion. It’s the one time a year my three brothers and their families, all our married kids […]

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