On a rare rain-soaked August afternoon in North Texas, I revel in temperatures below eighty degrees and the sweet smell of rain soaking into the hot, dusty ground….
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise
spring up before all nations.
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
1 Chronicles 29:11
Here’s a clip from one of my favorite songs ever, by Third Day. Lord, thank you for showing me a bit of your glory today in the rain, in the flowers, in the peace you provide, in the quiet assurance of your presence always at my side.