“Hold out your hands to feel the luxury of the sunbeams.” ~ Helen Keller
“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi
“As on the driving cloud the shiny Bow, that gracious thing made up of tears and light.” ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“In the world’s audience hall, the simple blade of grass sits on the same carpet with the sunbeams, and the stars of midnight.” ~Rabindranath Tagore
“The smiling daughter of the storm.” ~Charles Caleb Colton
“Rainbows apologize for angry skies.” ~Sylvia Voirol
“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ~ Roald Dahl
“Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.” ~ Thomas Mann
“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” ~G.K. Chesterton
“Never has the warm caress of a sunbeam seemed so ominous.” ~ Joel Achenbach
The Photo Challenge theme this week is “Look Up“.
It’s been a very tragic week in these United States of America. As I watch the events my heart breaks for so many, for so much, and especially for my country. It’s easy to be buried in all of this and tempted to think we will never emerge from the stain of racism. But are we really that racist? The extreme rhetoric from both sides that fills the internet would convince us that we are. But those are words. Do we really act that way in real life?
My own community of friends and acquaintances are from different races and countries. We care deeply for and respect each other. We laugh and cry together. We share life together and accomplish wonderful things; like rainbows and sunbeams that split through dust and clouds and rain.
One friend told me the story of how her tire blew the other day. She was alone on the side of the highway and two different people pulled over to help her. One was a Black man. The other Hispanic. She is White. Not one hint about skin color. Just people working together to help someone in need. Sunbeams and rainbows. They are in our very midst everyday. They don’t make the news but their actions are how most of us really are.
I’m glad God sets examples in the sky; sunbeams and rainbows. Neither can happen really well without dust and clouds and rain. Aside from the events of the past week, life is very hard just on its own. It’s tough to work and make a living, to take care of our families, to raise children. Life is filled with a lot of stress—dust, clouds, and rain. The people we rub shoulders with everyday are the rainbows and sunbeams that get us through.
Though my nation is filled with clouds, dust, and storms right now I hope we can look up and find the rainbows and sunbeams that surround us every day, just like my friend did. Just like I do.
We may never make the headlines. But we are a great story.
I hope these photos lift you up from where you are.
And remember, we are all Americans.
Let us love one another.