Rain and Rainbows
This summer in Poland has been one of the rainiest summers ever. Nevertheless, work on the property has continued largely unhindered. Rick and Dafna have been living in Oswiecim during October and the foundation for the house has now been laid.
Some time ago, other friends came to visit and while they were all at the property, they witnessed a very bright double rainbow in sky. Without the rain, you cannot have the rainbow.
In Israel, we are celebrating Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles). It is during this time that the Jewish people pray for rain. Unlike Poland, it has been a long hot summer and at the end of the summer, we long for rain.
While Rick and Dafna have been in Poland, Geoff and Caryl have stayed at home in Arad to host the groups at the Fountain and to look after Ashley, Rick and Dafna’s cat. On the eve of Sukkot, Geoff walked across the road to feed Ashley, and lo and behold, there was another bright rainbow in the sky. In fact, while Rick and Dafna were building the Fountain in Arad, they experienced many rainbows seen behind their house. Sitting under the Sukkah as the Festival began, it started to pour with rain.
I am reminded of the words that come to me from an old hymn “O Love that will not let me go” by George Matheson. It was written in 1882!
O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
and feel the promise is not vain
that morn shall tearless be.
I think these words are very relevant as we consider the establishment of the Fountain in Birkenau. Without the rain, you cannot have the rainbow.
October 11, 2014 Updates