Sunday, March 7, 2010


Be still sad heart and cease repining;
Behind the clouds the sun is shining,
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life a little rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When the world was young apparently there was no rain. Genesis reports that the land was watered by a mist and the rivers.

Then God created man and woman. Soon after man and woman rebelled and infected their descendents with sin.

Several chapters later in Genesis, rain is falling for forty days and forty nights.

I’m NOT saying that rain is a result of sin. But rain falls into a world infected by sin.

Rain is usually neutral and will not be good nor bad but will affect was it falls on in a negative or positive way.

How it affects a person can depend on the mood of that person.

There are times when I am in a contemplative mood and I love to sit on my patio with a cup of hot tea and listen to the rain fall (while sitting under a roof, not actually in the rain itself, getting wet).

But there are times like today that rain was not welcomed – sitting in the bleachers watching my son play baseball, having his team go ahead of their rivals on a grand slam homerun and then the rain coming down in buckets.

Longfellow’s poem tells us something interesting: behind the clouds the sun is shining.

No matter how bad life gets, the sun is shining.

No matter how bad life gets, the Son is shining.

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