Prairie winters bring out the sun dogs. Sun dogs are ice halos that appear on either side of the sun when the air is moist and the weather is frigid. Colourful arcs of light against the blue sky add sparkle to the days when you have to bundle up against the cold. They are a sign of the beauty to be found even in a freezing day!
Genesis says that Noah and his family, after surviving a horrific flood, gratefully hauled themselves (and all the creatures) out of the ark. Just when they thought they would never touch the earth again, there was a promise of new life-a dove returning with an olive leaf in its beak. To add to their hope, God made a covenant never to allow such destruction again. The promise was sealed with a rainbow, reminding them that storm clouds would never overpower life.
In the dark times of our life, we sometimes forget that God is there for us. God will send signs on the coldest or wettest or most terrible days-signs of beauty and colour and love-to remind us that we are precious to the One who gives us life.
God of rainbows and sun dogs, open our eyes to signs of your promise and presence. Amen. — CST