No one can steal a rainbow

For Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy and all the amazing folks at First Church Congregational of Rochester, NH, UCC, with love after the loss of your second Open and Affirming Rainbow flag

Genesis 9: 16-17

They thought they could steal
your rainbow,
but they could not,
for God put the bow in the cloud,
and once people saw it

in that cumulus
of twitter and facebook and blog,

they began sending colors –
all the beautiful colors,
just like God,
rainbow after rainbow,
waving against destruction
and hatred
and reminding us all

that this church
wears on its door and its faith
the everlasting covenant
that is between God and everyone
living upon the earth …

even those pitiful
flood-hearted thieves,

and certainly
the dove-walkers of the gospel
with their many loves.

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2 Responses to No one can steal a rainbow

  1. rezrevres says:

    Hi Maren: My wife and I are currently on vacation in Cape Breton so commenting from my cellphone is not so convenient. Still, I could let your post pass without saying how spot-on your sentiments. Why does this issue so terrify some people? What do they fear? Thanks for your word of gentle rebutal. Matthew.
    Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone

  2. Maren says:

    I am in awe of your being able to spell correctly on the cell phone (it’s not “smart” right?) but yes, indeed, it comes out in hatred but deep down it is fear. So … Cape Breton, somewhere I would love to go. I’m sure it is inspiring a prayer, an essay and a photograph to share …

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