“The tears I shed yesterday have become rain.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh
Oh how we still need the rain here in California!
I was sitting outside with a few others during a meditation. At first I was cold, but after I got a blanket to throw over part of me, I began to enjoy the peace of being outdoors, the calm generated by everyone meditating, and yet the cold drops awakening my skin.
“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”—Langston Hughes
winter longing for the Light
it became so poor, empty of self
that the winter roots sprouted wings
“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
We are blessed by this rain in California giving some relief to the drought.
“For God, the living God, I thirst, like dew upon the fleece come down, like rain upon the desert sand, like light into a darkened room. As parched earth breaks for need of rain so my heart breaks but not in vain. When wilt thou on my vision burst? For thee my living God I thirst.”
– hymn, Sicut Cervus, Sister Frances Clare
Continue reading Gift of the Rain/Silver Lining
“It is God’s power that carries us through every moment. If we are aware of this, we will spontaneously be humble, our attitude towards the Almighty will be transformed into an attitude of worship, our focus on Him will blossom with our every step and we will be successful in our efforts.”
—Amma, “Awaken Children”
“In the sunlight of awareness, Everything becomes sacred.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh
“When you contemplate a beautiful sunset, do you have to make any effort? I don’t think so. You don’t have to make any effort in order to enjoy a beautiful sunset. You need only to be there, to be there mind and body together. But if your body is there and your mind is in the past or in the future, then the beautiful sunset will not be there for you.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
Seeing this frog being rained upon made me think of the Psalm 139. I could certainly relate to the experience of stormy weather. Sometimes I get frightened that God knows me too well, but when the storms come, I get comfort knowing God is with me and knows what is going on.