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Chaplain's Corner: Rainbow Reminder

Sunday, April 23, 2017

By Reverend Vona Wilson, YMCA Chaplain

My Twitter feed has been busy notifying me of spring storms. There are alerts, warnings and reminders of how and when to take shelter. Every alert brings a bit of anxiety with it. Is this a tornado or just a shower? Do I cancel class or stay the course? Burrow in or wait to make a game-time decision?

At some point the alerts become disruptive, and the tension takes way too much of my attention.

But recently, on one of the days we had storms moving through, I was in the right place at the right time to see a rainbow. A deep sense of peace flooded my soul. The same delight I had as a child discovering a rainbow returned, and hope leapt up to take its place in my mind.

Multicolored hope

This hope is certain, and no matter what storm may be present today, it is not lasting. It will pass. And God remains with us in all of it.

The anxiety of the alerts and noise faded and even disappeared at the sight of one rainbow. The world was still, and I remembered the words of a promise from God to his people. A symbol of forever faithfulness given to us.

“I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth” (Genesis 9:13).

God is stronger than any storm, and his love never ends. He sent his son, Jesus, to prove it. Last week for Easter, we celebrated Jesus’s victory over sin and death. He battled, for us, the biggest storm of all—evil—and won. Let us remember God’s promise and celebrate the eternal hope he offers to all who believe. Come without fear and rejoice—Christ is risen!

Let’s pray together

Holy God, we confess that we easily give our attention to all types of distractions and miss the lasting words of love you speak to us through creation. We miss the signs you gave to previous generations, and then we miss it for our own generation. We are a bit of a mess!

Thank you for persisting in revealing yourself to us every day. Thank you for not giving up on us and for involving us in your work on earth.

You are a God of story, and it is still being written. Prepare our spirits, ready our minds and tune our bodies to be people who hear you and see you everywhere. And, Lord, what a beautiful rainbow you stretched over us! Thank you! Amen.

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