The Colors of Life

God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth>" Genesis 9: 12-17 (NRSV)

Anne Rasmussen is from England. After a heavy rain shower began to slacken, sunshine and blue sky peeked through the clouds that remained. Then Anne saw an arc of brilliant colors - a rainbow shining against the dark clouds.

In the book of Genesis, a great flood covered the earth. Only Noah, his family, and all kinds of animals were saved in an ark which Noah built following God's command. When the flood abated, a rainbow appeared as a sign of God's mercy in preserving life on earth.

The clouds of bereavement, illness, depression, or loneliness can darken our lives. We may feel far from God's love. Just as rainbows shine in contrast to the dark clouds, perhaps God's promises to us become more real when life's clouds overshadow us. Even - perhaps especially - in our difficult times. God is with us and will bring the colors of joy and hope back to our lives in surprising ways.

Prayer: Dear Lord, be with us this day whatever our circumstances as we watch for signs of your love and mercy, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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