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Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC) Lectionary Reflection Year B, Lent 1, Old Testament

Genesis 9:8-17: God said, "...When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."

Reflection on Genesis 9:8-17 by Nan Stokes

What a wonderful sign of God's promise to us! A rainbow after rain is a truly beautiful sight to behold -- sometimes a double rainbow appears in the blue to amaze and delight all who are looking, The psalmist on the first Sunday in Lent says "All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies." The gospel lesson tells of the baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan River, and while he is in the wilderness being tempted by Satan and waited on by angels, we are being reminded of how much we are loved by our Creator God. Surrounded by love and beauty, we are aware that we must turn again and thank the Creator for making a covenant with us and sending the rainbow to remind us that we are to be faithful in our loving.

Nan Stokes is an active member of St. Edward's Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN. She originally wrote this reflection in 1999. Nan and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Nan Stokes or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
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