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Thunder and Rainbows

Thinking a bit more about sitting shiva.


I was just thinking about silent prayer being a little bit like sitting shiva with God. God must mourn over the violence in China today, and over all the evil, and suffering in the world. What must it be like for God to see his children doing so much to hurt each other.

To be silent in God’s presence can maybe help us to understand better the heart of God.

Slightly unconnected with all of that – my prayer today made me think of this song recorded by Martyn Joseph

The light or the shade, concealed or displayed
Enemies, friends, opposite ends
Bitter or sweet, ruffled or neat
Feathers or lead, silent or said

Generous or mean, corporate or green
Vagrant or lord, the dove or the sword
Distinct or obscure, prosperous or poor
Devil or saint, we are and we ain’t

Intricate mysteries
Life’s secret code
Cul-de-sac signposts
On yellow brickroads
Ambiguous answers
The question’s still “Why”
Thunder and rainbows
From the same sky

Champagne or dust, banquet or crust
Authentic or fake, angel or snake
Flower or thorn, pristine or torn
Desert or sea, the throne and the tree

Intricate mysteries
Life’s secret code
Cul-de-sac signposts
On yellow brickroads
Ambiguous answers
The question’s still “Why”
Thunder and rainbows
From the same sky

The light or the shade, concealed or displayed

Enemies, friends, opposite ends
Flower or thorn, pristine or torn
Desert or sea, the throne and the tree

Intricate mysteries
Life’s secret code
Cul-de-sac signposts
On yellow brickroads
Ambiguous answers
The question’s still “Why”
Thunder and rainbows
From the same sky

Thunder and Rainbows by Martyn Joseph and Stewart and Carol Henderson

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