This Rain

Rain, no matter how violent it may be, sustains life.


Simply listening to its sound against the windows of my dwelling place creates a peace from strife. And when I think about those windows, I remember that what I do, think and believe now is leading to a future that I cannot yet see. Rain sustains life.


I watch as every ripple created by every drop collides with other sets of ripples, reflects and refracts light. And when I think about those ripples, I realize that my existence also creates ripples that collide with others as each one reflects or refracts a reality that may or may not be seen. Yes, Rain sustains life.


I think of my need for that rain: for it to be free of pollution or acid or salt or any detrimental enzymes. I am caused to question whether or not my ripples are having a positive or a negative effect on the world as a whole. Rain sustains life.


I watch the rain falling, not forsaking even the smallest exposed surface and I am forced to dwell on God’s grace and His light. I remember that His grace avoids no exposed surface, that it creates a peace from strife, creates its own ripples and reflects light, is always pure, and, yes, God’s grace sustains life.

Andrew Paul Cannon

Andrew has been in vocational ministry since 2011 after volunteering from his teens. He has served in the lead pastorate since he was 25. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry with an emphasis on Youth Ministry and a Master’s of Divinity in Christian Ministry with an emphasis on Apologetics. Andrew is currently in pursuit of his Doctorate of Philosophy, where he will specialize in Systematic Theology. Andrew has written several books, has served in both large and small churches, and started his own non-profit missions organization. Andrew’s wife, Kati, and family serve alongside him.

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