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My Special Rainbow

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"Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on earth." Genesis 9:13.

This autumn has been a season of rainbows - spectacular rainbows. The photograph above was taken two weeks ago from the window of our holiday cottage with a small digital camera. It cannot begin to convey the beauty we saw for the rainbow stretched from one side of the bay to the other in a brilliant arch with the secondary reversed bow complete above it.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue - and yes, it was possible that day to tell the difference between the indigo and the violet!

"Let your light shine" - how often have we heard that phrase. But what is light ,that strange commodity which we are told travels at 186,000 miles per second?

I looked it up in the Oxford dictionary and it said "light - the electromagnetic radiation which stimulates the sense of sight; the opposite of darkness etc. etc." It went on for quite a while - but that's dictionaries for you!

So, taking that definition as a starting point it means that in order to let our light shine we must be everything that is different from darkness - each of us reflecting the light of Jesus and stimulating the sense of sight in others.

Strange that a rainbow formed only when light is seen shining through a drop of water - a raindrop, a teardrop. Then true beauty is revealed so often contrasting sharply with the dark clouds behind it.

In total darkness, colour does not exist at all but even the light from a single candle makes a tremendous difference.

Strange that the rainbow was given to Noah as the sign of God's promise - and now as His promise to us - for no two people have ever seen the same rainbow. The ray of light which enters each individual's eye is unique - which makes each rainbow unique - just as the promise is unique to each and every one of God's Children. As always, God deals with us as individuals. You have your special rainbow - your special promise from Him - and I have my special rainbow and promise also.

God's Promise is special and unique to me - and every rainbow I see is special and unique to me too!

Copyright (c) Elizabeth M. Tolson 2000


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Two old Celtic Prayers which speak of light.

First - a prayer for lighting the fire.



"This morning, I will kindle the fire upon my hearth,
Before the holy angels who stand about my path.
God, a love-flame kindle in my heart to neighbours all.
To foe, to friend, to kindred, to brave, to knave in thrall."



The Blessing of Light

"May the blessing of light be on you,
Light without and light within.
And may the light shine out of the eyes of you,
Like a candle set in the windows of a house
Bidding the wanderer to come in out of the storm."


4th November 2000.




The following poem was sent to me from friends in Brazil following John's death.
I add it here in the hope that it may help others who are having a difficult time.

After The Rain

Whatever your cross, whatever your pain,
There will always be sunshine, After The Rain.

Perhaps you may stumble, you might even fall
But God's always ready to answer your call.
He knows every heartache, sees every tear
A word from His lips can calm every fear.

Your sorrows may linger throughout the night
But suddenly vanish, at dawn's early light.
The Savior is waiting somewhere above,
To give you His grace and send you His love.

Whatever your cross, whatever your pain,
God always sends rainbows, After The Rain.

Author Unknown

15th January 2003


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