One sunny day, at the end of a difficult summer, I drove my family to the Indiana Dunes. I’d hoped to make room for a day of fun and togetherness, looking for signs of God’s presence. Halfway there I considered turning back. Crabbiness and bickering had started to build up inside our little car.
Then it began to rain, and not gently. Just as we arrived, the downpour abruptly ceased.
As we reached the warm sand, a rainbow appeared. It was a gift; a reminder of God’s promise of beloved community. We industriously jumped waves, dug holes, built sand castles with others and relaxed for the rest of the day. Not what I’d first envisioned, but God was present, as always.
This message is an excerpt of “God’s promise of community” by Elizabeth Hunter in the June 2019 issue of Gather magazine.
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