I saw this rainbow during our recent trip to Hawaii
It looked like it was suspended there just for me.
Most rainbows augur the end of the rain and the storm
But this one told us that one was just beginning to form.
Hundreds of rainbows have thrilled me with their colors
Always a promise of sunny days and safe harbors
I even once believed that at its end was a pot of gold
They portend warm weather driving away the cold.
Rainbows are signs of changes in the weather.
Such are the transitions we see in the month of November.
We reset our time from daylight saving mode
Just as the chilly winds, the coming winter forebode.
We also remember our loved ones who have departed.
Halloween reminds us that they not have left us deserted.
Yes, they are still alive and well in our hearts and memories
Taking care of us who are still caught in earth’s miseries.
Then, we celebrate the great feast of Thanksgiving
Grateful for the joys and blessings of being alive, kicking
Blessings that come in various packages, big and small
Thanking the Lord who is the source of them all.
And when it is time to say goodbye to this earthly life
And finally be freed from all its struggles and its strife.
May we meet the Lord and hear Him say:
“I promised you that I will raise you on the last day.”
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
~ Psalm 23
Jesus said to the crowds:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.”