Then God spoke to Noah, to Noah’s family, and so to you: "I'm setting up my covenant with you, with everyone who comes after you, and with every living thing around you — sparrows, horses, dragonflies, tigers, peacocks, and chipmunks.  I'm setting up my covenant with you that never again will a flood destroy the Earth."

God continued, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living thing around you.  I'm putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between us.  From now on, whenever I form clouds over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I'll remember my covenant, that never again will floodwaters destroy all life.  Very truly I tell you, whenever the rainbow appears — in every summer sky, every tie-dyed shirt, every box of crayons, rainbow flag, color wheel, bag of skittles — I'll see it and remember the eternal covenant between me and every living thing, every last living creature on this great green Earth."


Loving God, we give you thanks for promises, for hope, for sparrows and horses and dragonflies and chipmunks.  Thank you for signs, for strings around our fingers and bows in the clouds, for peace of mind, and fabulous stories, and fancy socks, and every single shade of green.  Amen.


A bright and colorful "thanks" to Vinni for these AMAZING socks!