This past week of off-and-on rain has been a reminder of one of the challenges of spring. We know that “April showers bring May flowers,” but rainy, gray days can try our patience when we are excited to get outdoors more after being cooped up inside for a long winter and even longer pandemic. The rain may even scuttle long awaited plans to see friends and family safely outside.
As Longfellow reminds us as well, “into every life some rain must fall.” We know that technically this is true, but we still hope we will avoid the rain – especially when we we have had so much “rain” in the past. But “behind the clouds is the sun still shining.” And below ground, the rain is doing God’s work, nourishing the planted seeds, bringing about life and giving growth.
Maybe you already appreciate the rain, but if not, here’s a Langston Hughes poem which might help you experience it at least a little differently!
April Rain Song Let the rain kiss you Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops Let the rain sing you a lullaby The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk The rain makes running pools in the gutter The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night And I love the rain.
May the rain be a lullaby, a little sleep song, and even a thanksgiving prayer for you this April!