A rainbow, seen, real, but untouchable.
The bow in the sky, bordered by storms and darkness, gives us pause.
A reminder that He was with us, from the beginning.
A reminder that no matter how bad it gets, this one thing remains...
When the conditions are just right, the rain, the sun, the clouds...
Sometimes we can see hope, like the bow of colors,
Real, seen, but untouchable.
Yet we are reminded, there is always hope,
Just like there is always a rainbow.
But hope is not based on just the right conditions.
It solely rests in Him.
Lord God, we are your people; the sheep of your pasture. It is in You that we live and breath and have our being. You are the God of all creation and we acknowledge that we are but dust.
But we are Yours and we are struggling. We need hope. Not an elusive hope, like a bow set in the clouds that we cannot hold onto, but a real living, breathing hope.
Give us a hope that we can see, like the night sky filled with stars that have existed ever since creation.
Give us a hope that we can feel, like the ground on which we walk.
Give us a hope that we can hear, like the bird song that is revived every morning.
Give us a hope that we can taste, like biting into a fresh peach, so sweet and juicy it makes our tongue tingle.
That Lord, is the hope I pray for...for the mother who wonders when their child will no longer suffer; for the father who paces the floor wondering where his daughter is; for the couple who believe the embers of their marriage have finally burned out; for the child who thinks the abuse is their fault....Lord give us hope!
(I know I have posted this video before, but once again it seems appropriate. I pray it will give you hope.)