Ground RainbowNovember 9, 2016
Father Herb Weber
The church lawn had a thin coating of frost early Monday morning. As the sun shone from the southeast, it created a ‘Ground Rainbow.’ I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but the ground shimmered with all the shades of a rainbow. It dazzled the eyes as I looked at it, and it relocated itself on the lawn as I moved towards the church door.
Sun can bring out color when mixed with crystalized liquid. And color was what was needed at that moment. I was about to enter church and finish preparations for a funeral. It was as if nature itself was saying that the Almighty was still in charge and providing pleasant surprises even at hard times.
Color is a big part of life. We need a variety of shades, and various hues to overcome the dark and dreary parts of each day. Life is not to be lived in black and white. November may have gray days, so these days with color are especially welcomed.
Life in color also means that we discover the entire pallet of lived experiences. Sporting events are good, but one cannot live on sports alone. We also need the color that comes from immersion in nature, a course in cinema, a deep and profound conversation, or a classic book. Color in life makes room for the spiritual that overrides daily tasks. There can be laughter and not just hard work. This type of color makes life more complete.
And when life is fuller, then the steps towards appreciating God are more evident.
“God added, ‘This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, of the covenant between me and you and every living creature with you: I set my rainbow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.’”