Launching Lent

By Barbara Rainey | February 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s here already! The somber gray of Ash Wednesday emerges this year the day before the pink cloud of Valentine’s Day. Some of us may find this inauguration of self-denial and repentance a little bewildering. What should I give up for Lent? (And why?) This quote from John Piper in his book Hunger for God inspires […]

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Lent Means What?

By Barbara Rainey | February 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

So what’s with Lent? Why do people fast and smudge ashes on their heads? For starters, Lent simply means the lengthening of days. Where we live it is light in the evening an extra 30 minutes already. A change that has happened since the earth began but still seems remarkable to me. But the ashes […]

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Snapshots for Lent

By Barbara Rainey | January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

For years I’ve dabbled in photography, snapping candid shots of my children that attempt to capture my delight in their being, or my sons’ senior pictures —freeze frames of the beauty I glimpse in their expressions, their unabashed joie de vivre. Photography occasionally manages to capture the depth of a moment for me in ways […]

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Lent … in January?

By Barbara Rainey | January 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

It might boggle the mind a bit to know the holiday season I’m already looking forward to this year is Lent. I know, I know. Isn’t Lent the season for Mardi Gras, which has never made sense to me, or Fat Tuesday which is also an odd occasion.  And then your calendar marks Ash Wednesday […]

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