Monday, November 04, 2013

Dona Nobis Pacem 

In 2004, my husband Dan and I visited Hawaii courtesy of his uncle Mickey, who had told us to go on our dream vacation while I was still healthy enough to enjoy it (good advice as I am no longer able to travel more than about 250 miles away from home). He passed away before we were able to make the trip. During our first full day on Oahu, I stood on the lanai of our high-rise condo after a storm. The sun came out, and a vibrant double rainbow stretched across the sky over lush green hills. I took that as a sign that Uncle Mickey approved of our choice of vacation.

Rainbows are a time-honored symbol of peace and are present in mythology the world over. In the book of Genesis, following the great flood, God sent a rainbow as a promise to Noah and his family that the planet would not be wiped out again. The slate was wiped clean. From Genesis 9:13–17: 
"I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth."

Rainbows are simultaneously a reflection and refraction of light; I like to see them as harmonious. Nature's own box of crayons, the spectrum of colors represents to me diversity and proximity of multiple cultures, leaving no one out. Who can remain gloomy at the sight of one?

May we all exist as harmoniously and as colorfully as a rainbow. Peace be with you, today and always.

Certainly not I. Rainbows are spiritual and full of promise as the Bible says. Thank you for sharing this very personal story and taking us with you on the trip.

#4303 in the Official Peace Globe Gallery @ blog4peace.com

peace to you and yours,
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