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Rainbows and Relaxation

I'm grateful today for rainbows and relaxation. It rained a lot today and as I was driving home I beheld the most beautiful rainbow. It was a full bow that seemed to cover the entire Wasatch Range.

I thought about how the Bible claims that the rainbow is a sign God gave to Noah as a promise that he would never again destroy the Earth by water. Next time he destroys the wicked, it will be with flames. I wonder what kind of sign he will give his people after that epic event that will be his sign that he won't ever scorch the Earth again?

And I wonder which is worse, drowning or burning? Reminds me of Robert Frost's poem Fire and Ice:

Some say the world will end in fireSome say in ice. From what I've tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate to say that, for destruction, ice is also great and would suffice.

Additionally, the scriptures claim that in the year of the bow, the Lord will not make his second appearance. So the good news folks is that 2018 won't be the Second Coming. Or maybe for some that is bad news? I know many who hope and pray Jesus Christ will come today--very many, in fact,  wish it were yesterday.

But enough about that, let's get back to gratitude. In addition to rainbows, I'm grateful for relaxation. I'm really enjoying my job right now. I put in solid hours in the office (and on the weekends), and then I come home and enjoy my family. Tonight I was able to pick up Luke from practice, make dinner with Jane, eat with the family, head to SubZero for ice cream, and then come home to watch Charity Water documentaries. Now, I'm headed to my room to read my book in bed. I can't think of a better way to end my day! My life is so good and blessed. I have so much to be grateful for!

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