From Pastor Kristen Larsen
Date: October 13, 2021
\On our church’s facebook page a few days ago, I saw that a member of our church had posted a set of remarkable photos showing a double rainbow arching across and over our church buildings.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a rainbow. When there’s one in the sky, we all stop. We all “ooo” and “ahhh”. It makes us feel better just to see it. It makes us feel happier, more hopeful somehow.
When I saw those photos, it felt to me like a blessing on the church, a promise.
Well, God knows we need it. We’ve been living in a helluva storm that continues to take its toll on us, both individually and as a church body. So, when I saw those pictures, they were to me like God was bending low and whispering to the church, “I see you. I love you. I will never forsake you, come hell or high water.”
That, of course, is the promise of the rainbow from our faith story; the story of Noah and the flood. At the end of the story, God makes a covenant. It is the first covenant between God and humanity in the Bible. God promises to set a rainbow in the sky as a sign of his promise that his relationship with us will be based in unqualified grace and love, always and forever.
Now, the more scientifically minded among you might consider my response as just so much whimsy. “Don’t take it personally,” you say. Yes, yes, I know that a rainbow is an optical illusion—it does not actually exist in a specific spot in the sky. Yes, I know it wasn’t literally over the church. The appearance of a rainbow depends on where you stand and where the sun is shining. The sun was behind the church member who took those pictures and the church was in front.
Well, dear church, I’m deciding to stick with my “whimsy”. I’m deciding to stand where I can see God’s rainbow blessing the church with his promise I’m deciding to stand where I can “ooo” and “ahh” at the sight of it, and letting it make me feel happier, more hopeful somehow.
I’m deciding to stand on God’s promises, both for me, individually, and for us as church body, that God sees us completely, loves us extravagantly, and is with us constantly. “Do not fear. I am with you,” God is saying in the colors painted on the sky.
Let’s take it personally, dear church.
Yours in the journey,