Posted by: JulieAloha | April 10, 2017

365 Gratitude Project – Day 100: Rainbows

April 10, 2017

Today we had a wild weather day…

Beginning with a fairly clear sky, sunlight and soft breeze…

…we had a lovely, sunny morning which occasionally clouded over and cleared again. Then a few passes of light, soaking rain turned into this…


…by the end of the afternoon the skies again cleared and lit up with color…

Transitions in weather, transitions in life. This has been a tough year with more heavy weather than clear. I’m grateful to be weathering the storm so far; though there will be more squalls to come, I’m still hoping for a rainbow.

The Rainbow

by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 

Genesis ix. 13.

SOFT falls the mild, reviving shower
From April’s changeful skies,
And rain-drops bend each trembling flower
They tinge with richer dyes. 

Soon shall their genial influence call
A thousand buds to day,
Which, waiting but their balmy fall,
In hidden beauty lay. 

E’en now full many a blossom’s bell
With fragrance fills the shade;
And verdure clothes each grassy dell,
In brighter tints arrayed. 

But mark! what arch of varied hue
From heaven to earth is bowed?
Haste, ere it vanish, haste to view
The Rainbow in the cloud. 

How bright its glory! there behold
The emerald’s verdant rays,
The topaz blends its hue of gold
With the deep ruby’s blaze. 

Yet not alone to charm thy sight
Was given the vision fair;?
Gaze on that arch of colored light,
And read God’s mercy there. 

It tells us that the mighty deep,
Fast by th’ Eternal chained,
No more o’er earth’s domains shall sweep,
Awful and unrestrained. 

It tells that seasons, heat and cold,
Fixed by his sovereign will,
Shall, in their course, bid man behold
Seed-time and harvest still; 

That still the flower shall deck the field,
When vernal zephyrs blow;
That still the vine its fruit will yield,
When autumn sun-beams glow. 

Then, child of that fair earth! which yet
Smiles with each charm endowed,
Bless thou His name, whose mercy set
The Rainbow in the cloud!


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