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Lenten Daily Devotional - February 22

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God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:  I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,  I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
Genesis 9:12-15

Reflection

Imagine a rainbow – its splendor against the backdrop of the sky after rain, a majestic tumbling waterfall, or a mountain in the morning mist.   Its breathtaking colors - red, orange, yellow, blue, green, indigo, violet – whether vibrant or subdued, fill us with wonder and awe. 
 
The story of Noah is familiar.  We’ve known it since childhood.  God chose Noah to build an ark, collect all living creatures two by two, and weather the devastating flood.  After the waters had subsided, God set a rainbow among the clouds as a sign of a new covenant to never again destroy the earth by flood.  As children, many of us were taught that we should remember God’s promise each time we see a rainbow.
 
But that’s not where the story ends. In fact, it continues today.  God did not place such splendor in the clouds so that we might remember.  Instead, scripture tells us that when a rainbow appears, God remembers.  So the next time you remember God’s mercy in the peaceful and colorful beauty of a rainbow, know that God – in those very same moments – is also remembering you. 

Pray

Lord, thank you for promises that have lasted throughout the ages. In your goodness and mercy, remember us.

Ask

In this passage, God is establishing a new beginning. When has God established a new beginning in your life?  Might God be doing so today?

Act

Take a few moments today to notice new beginnings - a neighbor's new baby, a family member's new job, a flower budding. 

About the Author

Janelle Crays is an Elder and member of Worship Council. She also sings in the Sanctuary Choir.