One Last Post for the Year 2022

Friends, thanks for a great year. I appreciate all of you stopping by this blog and reading my posts. As you know, if you’re a regular follower of this blog, I’ve been busy serving the homeless during the recent inclement weather spell that left its’ mark all around the country. We wrapped up our inclement weather service this past Tuesday.

Over the last two years, I’ve learned that this effort to keep unsheltered people from freezing to death takes its toll mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I am tired. Fortunately, I had scheduled a couple of days off —intending to see my Mom over Christmas. However, with us being open over Christmas weekend—-operating a 24 hour emergency shelter—I wound up rescheduling.

While catching my wind physically, I recognize that I’m still spent mentally. Over the past couple of days, I’ve watched old movies like The Marathon Man—starring Dustin Hoffman, Roy Scheider, and Laurence Olivier. It is an ominous, tense thriller revolving around an Ivy League grad student and his Nazi-hunter brother as they grapple a tenacious war criminal known as “The White Angel.” The day before, I watched The Sum of All Fears, a movie based on the character Jack Ryan from the renowned Tom Clancy thrillers. I find these movies help distract my mind, disconnecting me from my own reality. I like suspense thrillers along with murder mysteries. This temporary distraction, I believe, allows time to heal and recover.

Are there favorite movie genres you turn to when your mind and spirit need a rest?

2022 is winding down rapidly. Saturday marks the end of the year. Sunday marks the beginning of a new year.

For me, 2022 had a number of blogging highlights, including a number of well-read posts. Here is a list of some of my most read posts of the past year:

The posts above give you a smorgasbord sampling to get acquainted with my blog if you are new to it. If you’re familiar with my work, then this will provide you a refresher on a diverse variety of topics that I cover. Regardless, I hope you enjoy reading them.

In the meantime—I pray your new year is a grand experience marked by a closer walk with God. I pray that your family is blessed and that the Lord would shower you with His favor.

If you’re interested in what I do—-the grand work that God has called me to—along with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ—-the video below will give you a glimpse.

In addition to watching old movies, I’ve been working my way through the U2 catalog, in particular War and Joshua Tree. On some level, these two records hold a spiritual significance to me. An added twist to recalibrating my senses leading up to and following our first inclement weather event is reading Pádraig O Tauma’s book Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems To Open Your World.

Combined, all of these help me grounded and focused on the mission at hand. For me and my teammates it’s about saving lives, winning souls, and helping people get off the streets.

Thanks again for taking the time to read my blog.

May your soul rise up to meet the Lord, our Creator as the day rises to meet the sun.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see you again in 2023!


Rainer Bantau
The Devotional Guy™




  1. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Glad to hear you are getting some downtime to recuperate. Have a safe and happy new year. I pray your 2023 is blessed.

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  2. Good morning early riser! Thanks for providing your thoughts and sharing your well wishes. I’m thankful we got to connect this year. I appreciate your continued support and encouragement of my writing and this blog. Happy New Year!

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  3. Dawn Minott says:

    God bless you always! Praying for you a year of continued ministry.

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  4. Thank you so much, Dawn. Have a happy and healthy 2023! Thank you for reading faithfully and commenting regularly. You are an encouragement to me.

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  5. Dawn Minott says:

    Praise God. As fellow followers of Jesus Christ we need to encourage each other. Cheers

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  6. May God continue to bless you in your obedience.

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  7. Thank you 🙏! Amen. May your 2023 be filled with God’s goodness and blessing as well. Thank you for reading my blog faithfully, Barb. I am grateful.

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  8. Last night I convinced Nancy to watch the original 1954 sci-fi masterpiece, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” She admitted the movie held her attention the whole time!

    It’s been a great year, Rainer! Thanks for opening your blog to so many guest posters (including me). Your Blogtober project was my favorite ❤️.

    Blessings for the new year, brother! Thank you for being my blogger mentor!

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  9. I loved that movie, David. I need to revisit it in the new year. I think the Blogtober project is one of my highlights for 2023 as well. Opening up to guest bloggers has been a good experience for me, too. I’m honored that you would consider me your blogging mentor my friend. I’m grateful for your faithfulness in reading and engaging with my blog. I pray you and Nancy have a great 2023!

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  10. That was an awesome video. Thank You for posting. Happy New Year

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  11. Amen. Thank you 🙏 Happy 2023!


  12. Blessings to you Ranier and your team in reaching out to others in need during the recent Arctic wave. There are times when I spend time with a film, especially older ones from the 1930s into the 1950s.

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  13. Yes, I love an old Spencer Tracy or Humphrey Bogart film from time to time. They seem harder to find them they once were when we were younger. Thank you for stopping by and checking out my recent posts. Blessings.


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