It Can’t Rain All the Time

That it was raining on what will likely be our last vigil for the 2015 legislative session (don’t worry we will be back in 2016, we are not going away) was very fitting.

Prayer vigil to #addthewords on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol with the Interfaith Equality Coalition on April 8, 2015.

Prayer vigil to #addthewords on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol with the Interfaith Equality Coalition on April 8, 2015.

It speaks to our spirits. Our hope was dampened by another season without adding the words. That this final vigil was displaced by another rally and rained on seemed to symbolize the way the add the words movement is treated (though I mean no negativity towards the other rally this day that was also for a great cause… its just… the way of things…) The movement to get equal rights for LGBT neighbors is always having to make way and move to the side.

Secondly I was reminded of a quote from the movie The Crow (I know, you didn’t see that one coming), “It can’t rain all the time.” And the song of the same title in the movie which includes these lyrics,

“It won’t rain all the time
The sky won’t fall forever
And though the night seems long
Your tears won’t fall…forever.”

It has been a long, long rain. One that many were not able to endure. Too many tears have fallen, too much blood has split, too many people scattered to the wind to find safer skies. And yet many faithful hardworking people keep working – more each year – to add the words because we trust that this will end in a rainbow. It will end in justice. It will end with adding the words and love winning the day.

Lastly I think about the fact that rain is necessary to bring forth life. It may ruin a day or a plan or make it cold and wet. But we need it, the water it provides is the life blood of our world. And while the words were not added this session there were drops of life all around. A hearing for the first time. Stories shared and told and heard, yes and even tears shed for those who still can’t quite open their heads to be the agents of change we so desperately need in our state leadership. Waters of justice fall down, and though we do not yet see the springing forth of a new day… all that testimony is making a difference. So rain down on me, rain down on us all… the change that we are working for will come – you might as well try to hold back the tides.

We will see you out on the steps again next year, and the year after, and the year after: rain or shine.


About Andrew Kukla

I am the proud father of four wonderful children, loving husband to Caroline, brother to three mostly wonderful sisters, and son of two parents that gifted me with a foundation of love and freedom. I also am a Presbyterian pastor and former philosophy major with a love of too many words (written with many grammatical errors and parenthetic thoughts), Soren Kierkegaard, and reflections on living a life of discipleship that is open to all the challenges, ups and downs, brokenness and grace, of a chaotic and wonderful life founded upon the love of God for all of creation.

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