Saturday, February 9, 2008

rain


I love rain. I always have. It is profoundly symbolic to me. It is often used to symbolize sadness. How many movie funeral scenes take place in the rain? Or better, how many don't?
Rain evokes sorrow, pain, loneliness, hopelessness, isolation, grief and other such emotions. It is that for me, but also, much more. It also gives me feelings of joy -- I picture an old pop commercial, I think it was Sprite, where these people were sitting around an old fashioned general store sweating and droopy. But then came the rain! They jumped out there and danced in the refreshing shower!
It speakes to me of cleansing, refreshing, hope, newness, peace, comfort, and blessings.
It occurred to me that at least five of the songs on my player talk about rain.
This one, though, is the most meaningful to me right now.
Remember When it Rained. Click on it to listen, if you haven't heard it. It is near the bottom of the list. It is powerful, in part due to Josh Groban's amazing voice, but the real power lies in the words. I find it deeply spiritual. I don't know whether his intent in writing it had anything to do with God, but I can't NOT think about God when I hear it. And it brings tears every time.
There have been times when the rain came. Suddenly, shockingly, cold. But cleansing in it's harshness. It fell on me and knocked me down and I felt the ground, shaky and uncertain beneath my knees. I called on God. All I could do was call His name.
But then...the rains came. Refreshing, healing, comforting. I felt the ground, solid and secure beneath my knees. And I called His name in praise and gratitude.
Have you been there?

Remember When it Rained - Josh Groban
Wash away the thoughts inside
That keep my mind away from you
No more love and no more pride
And thoughts are all I have to do

Oooooo, remember when it rained
I felt the ground and looked up high and called your name
Oooooo, remember when it rained
In the darkness I remain

Tears of hope run down my skin
Tears for you that will not dry
They magnify the one within
And let the outside slowly die
Oooooo, remember when it rained
I felt the ground and looked up high and called your name
Oooooo, remember when it rained
In the water I remain
Running down... (x7)
Ahhhhh ah ah ahhhhh ah na na
Na na na na na na na na na
Ohhhhh oh ah ohhhhh ah na na
Running dowwwwwn...

8 comments:

  1. I like Pete Townsend's "Love reign O'er Me" from Quadaphenia:

    "Only love
    Can make it rain
    The way the beach is kissed by the sea.
    Only love
    Can make it rain
    Like the sweat of lovers'
    Laying in the fields.


    Love, Reign o'er me.
    Love, Reign o'er me, rain on me.


    Only love
    Can bring the rain
    That makes you yearn to the sky.
    Only love
    Can bring the rain
    That falls like tears from on high.


    Love Reign O'er me.

    On the dry and dusty road
    The nights we spend apart alone
    I need to get back home to cool cool rain.
    The nights are hot and black as ink
    I can't sleep and I lay and I think
    Oh God, I need a drink of cool cool rain."

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  2. Um, you should live where I do, Kay. There's enough rain here in the past two days to drown any sorrows . . . literally.

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  3. I wish it rained more here. Funerals...Do you realize that if it is a bad guy it is not raining..? I was thinking about that when we went to Oliver's funeral. No rain..bright and sun shining. It seems like it should have been raining by the sadness that gripped my heart.

    There have been times when the rain came. Suddenly, shockingly, cold. But cleansing in it's harshness. It fell on me and knocked me down and I felt the ground, shaky and uncertain beneath my knees. I called on God. All I could do was call His name.
    But then...the rains came. Refreshing, healing, comforting. I felt the ground, solid and secure beneath my knees. And I called His name in praise and gratitude.

    Beautiful..Kay! I have felt that..oh, how I felt that!!

    Beautiful song!

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  4. Hi, I'm here because Melanie sent me here. I really enjoy your music, and the message is refreshing as a summer rain.

    I like the title of your blog too.

    I'll be back.

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  5. Anonymous, that song was used in the movie Reign Over Me. I like it.

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  6. Another great song about rain is Bring the Rain by MercyMe.. it makes me emotional every time I hear it.
    The Josh Groban is beautiful!! I'm going to have to get one of his CD's soon!

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  7. Lifelines, I love that one, too!

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