Joy is Like the Rain

Joy is Like the Rain – – – This song title makes one wonder…exactly how is joy like the rain?

Maybe our current trip to northern Ontario provides some insight? Rains are causing work stoppages and making fields into ponds. Not necessarily joy-inducing for outdoor laborers and farmers, for sure.

Yet, those same rains produce healthy crops, happy animals, radiant rainbows plus conversations while waiting out the storms.

Songwriter, Miriam Therese Winter, describes it this way: “Laughter runs across my pain, slips away and comes again.”  Sometimes we need laughter to help ease the pain.

This certainly relates to our Christian lives. If we’re always trying to be “devout as a Pharisee,” where are the laughter and the joy? Finding the right balance is critical (and yet still worry-inducing for many of us “sparrows.”)

ACTION? During this Sabbath day and in the week ahead, may we continue to look for the rainbows amidst the downpours

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!

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PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Gedeon (rainbow)