Rainbow Connection

by | Feb 15, 2024 | Uncategorized

The Old Testament lesson for the First Sunday in Lent (Genesis 9:8-17) reminds us of God’s connection with us. In this passage, our Lord enters into a covenant, an agreement, with Noah where he provides a rainbow as a sign to protect Noah, his descendants, and all creatures from the waters of another flood destroying the earth. God uses the rainbow as a reminder of this covenant, so we, in turn, should happily view the multi-colored spectrum in the sky as a remembrance of God’s grace.

Throughout history, many cultures and religions have viewed rainbows as symbols of hope and connection. In Greek mythology, the goddess Iris personifies the rainbow by carrying messages from the gods to the human world. For Buddhists, the rainbow is the highest state achievable before attaining Nirvana, where individual desire and consciousness are extinguished. In Ireland, the common legend tells us rewards can be found in a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

The rainbow symbol has often been used in movements to promote hope and unity. During the German Pheasant War in the 16th Century, a rainbow flag was flown as a symbol of cooperation. More recently, beginning in the 1970s, the symbol is closely associated with the Gay Pride and LGBTQ social movements. In the 1990s, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Nelson Mandela described the newly democratic South Africa as the “rainbow nation,” alluding to its diversity and multiculturalism.

ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) – the seven rainbow spectrum colors, are also popularized in our modern culture. In the 1939 blockbuster classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy sings “Over the Rainbow,” where she fantasizes about a place where the world is in peace and harmony. Jim Henson’s famous Muppet, Kermit the Frog, when he’s not crooning about how “It Isn’t Easy Being Green,” can be found singing about the “Rainbow Connection,” a symbol of hope. And, we offer comfort to those grieving the loss of beloved pets, counseling them to see the loss of their animals as a journey across the “Rainbow Bridge.”

This Sunday, February 18thwe invite you to enter the Lenten Season viewing rainbows as God’s connection with us through his Holy covenant with Noah. Join us for worship at 9:30 AM at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. The worship bulletin and announcements are attached for your convenience.

Pastor Marc