A Soothing Grace

Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains. ~Henry Ward Beecher

The ground was parched. The thirst of the ground had not been quenched for some time. Crops were wasting away. Residents were praying for rain…a few might even have been performing rain dances at that point! We knew the rain was finally coming. We watched the sky in anticipation.

The clouds burst while we were visiting old (not as in age but in the amount of time we’ve known them!) friends and the drops pitter pattered atop the roof and danced among the trees. There is something incredibly soothing about sitting on a porch surrounded by mountains listening to the rain fall and watching the lightening zip through the air.

When the storm settled there, we left and drove through splatters of rain, mostly outrunning the storm. It caught up with us after we were nestled in bed at my parent’s home. When the rain started there it sounded like someone popped a giant water balloon over the tip roof. The soothing sound of the rain on the roof made for a night of wonderful sleep.

Though it poured most of the night, the downpour was apparently only enough to quench the earth’s thirst as there was no mud in the morning. The flowers, trees, and grass sparkled with water droplets. The sun bounced and cast an iridescent glow on the scattered drops. The earth rejoiced in it’s sustenance much like we do when we recieve the blessings in life that propel us to another day.

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby. ~Langston Hughes

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet. ~Roger Miller

Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life. ~John Updike

42 thoughts on “A Soothing Grace

  1. We need rain, too … love your peaceful rain. I am in search of peace and relaxation right now … I hope our promised rain shows up today.
    Did it put out the forest fire you wrote about?

    • No, this was two hundred miles from there. They got some rain as well, but I don’t think as much. The fire is still smoldering. We could still smell it two hundred miles away…crazy!

  2. The close up of the dew drops on the branch is a wonderful image. I believe rain can provide solace and an inner tranquility. Rain is a great event in the desert – people are genuinely glad to see it and really relish the rainfall because it only happens a few times a year.

  3. GLORIOUS post, Suzi!

    *applauding*

    Wonderful photos!

    And can I just tell you MUCH Ioved the photo of the raindrops on the pipe?

    Stunning capture, my friend!

    ” The soothing sound of the rain on the roof made for a night of wonderful sleep.”

    I love rain. Not only the sound, but also how it makes the air smell, and the feel of it on my face.

    Have a terrific Tuesday…..X

    • We were happy to have the rain, though driving two hundred miles home through scattered showers in traffic was not all that delightful. I guess I should clarify “riding” as Dirt Man was doing the “driving”!

  4. Beautiful post. I love listening to rain on the roof when sitting on a covered porch or when snuggled in bed.

    BTW: I noticed a few uncharacteristic typos:

    * The clouds burst while we were visiting old (not as in age but in the amount of time we’ve known them!) friends when the clouds burst and the drops pitter pattered atop the roof and danced among the trees.

    * The earth rejoiced int it’s sustenance must like we do when we recieve the blessings in life that propel us to another day

  5. When your area finishes with that rain, send some to us, ok? Our gardens, trees, and lawns are parched; our birds and squirrels are itchy. We’re grateful that horrid heat/humidity bubble seems to have burst, but we’re dry. Oh so dry. And a nice overnight soaking would do wonders!

  6. Oh yay! I guess rain is needed in many places down south. I had only really heard about Texas.

    I love this post, the quotes, the pictures, your writing. I REALLY LOVED THIS: “The earth rejoiced in it’s sustenance much like we do when we recieve the blessings in life that propel us to another day.” Made me happy to think of blessing propelling me into another day! I pictured me with my smile as wide as my arms!

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