Today is a rainy day here in the Philadelphia Suburbs and this is the opposite of what the wise Van Morrison was talking about when he said, “there’ll be days like this.” And yes there are days like this, too. Rainy days. Some people love them, some cannot stand them, and there’s the people like me who can get down with a rainy day…but too much rain, well that’s a different story.
Rain can bring such goodness to us, it waters the plants, fills the rivers, and gives us a place to cool off.
It can be peaceful and it can be nerve-wracking. It can be wanted and not wanted all at the same time. Like much of life, we embrace it differently depending on where we are and what we’ve got going on. Think stuck in a field with no umbrella vs. snuggling on your couch with a good movie and a cup of tea!
Rain happens whether we want it to or not. My old boss thought of the rain as God’s grace pouring down on us. I love this image and not a rainy day has gone by since where I’ve not thought it.
God’s grace pouring down on me. I don’t always feel it, often it feels like I’m going through a drought, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. The abundance, the almost limitlessness, of a rainfall is an amazing reminder to me of the grace of God.
Grace is a funny thing.
It’s something many people talk about but few understand and even fewer feel it. As one of my absolute favorite spiritual writers of all time Anne Lammot puts it, “I do not understand the mystery of grace– only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.”
My experience of grace is that the less I think about it the less I see it and the more I seek it out the more I find it. God’s love is as abundant as the rain, but if I never look out my window, I may not know it’s there.
Prayer, like grace and rain, is abundant.
We need it whether we know it or not. Real, true, meaningful conversation with your creator is the fuel that you need. It can sustain and nourish us in our darkest hours and provide us with some of our brightest moments.
But you may not know how to pray, you may feel like it doesn’t work or it does not feel like “YOU.”
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