It cleanses and renews.
Bringing life back to dry and cracked ground.
Washing away decay and brightening the Earth.
Oh God does this land need rain right now.
We need cleansing rain to bring life back to this ground cracked with hate.
We need washing rain to pour down on humanity and revive decaying and hardened hearts.
Oh God do we need rain right now.
But, the rain isn’t going to come in a flood like the days of Noah.
The rain isn’t going to come in a downpour of holy water to change hearts and minds.
No. No. No.
The rain we need – and the rain that will start to heal?
That rain has got to come from us.
We, who have been tasked with fighting for “on Earth as it is in Heaven.”
We, who claim to want to walk in the way of the man who was the ultimate champion of the oppressed and beaten.
We, who have been given grace upon grace from He who was without fault and still slain.
So yes, pray and pray and pray. We serve a mighty miracle worker.
But also – do and do and do.
Love and love and love.
Because guys- He’s not going to flood the Earth again with water.
He’s already filled each of us, who have asked for and received the forgiveness we do not deserve, with the Living Water needed to be the cleansing rain.
It’s up to us to start raining down – raining down empathy – raining down hope – raining down cries for justice – raining down fights for the oppressed- raining down generosity…
It’s up to us to start raining down radical, transformative love.
Because Jesus? He was, and is, radical and transformative.
And He is Love.