Posted by: jevcat | July 11, 2010

Raining Blessings

It rained today.  It has not rained for a couple of weeks, this past week was brutally, triple-digit hot, and, in spite of the number of things that needed doing, instead, at the whoosh of rain released, I gave myself over to 15 minutes (about as long as the storm lasted) of indulgence in the pure pleasure of listening to it:  the splash, plunk, patter, splatter, the coolness, the scent of damp grass rising. 

Until they cut down the trees in back of my apartment a few years ago, on rainy summer days I used to curl up in a chair by the window with a cup or glass of tea and watch the drops plop and slither from leaf to leaf, absorbing the feeling of freshness, rejoicing in the newly washed world.  I confess that once, during a long and difficult autumn, I actually called in sick on a rainy October day just to spend it sitting watching and listening to the rain on the leaves.

What is it about rain that restores the soul?  It feels like a memory of being present when “the Lord walked in the Garden in the cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8).  There’s so much emphasis in the Judeo-Christian tradition on what came after the Fall, all the trouble and struggle flesh is heir to, that I think we forget that we are also heirs to this:  walking with God in newly-minted wonder and contentment, in a world of new beginnings, in the cool of the day – not a bad thing to remember on a Sunday, at the start of a week.


  1. Janet,

    You are such a deep thinker and gifted writer. You should do a book. Thanks again for a different viewpoint and an uplift to the beginning of my day.


  2. It’s good to hear from another “rainy day woman.” Rain reminds me of one of my favorite t-shirt sayings: “Relax; God is in charge.”

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