THE LEGEND OF THE RAINDROP

The legend of the raindrop has a lesson for us all

as it trembles in the heavens questioning whether it should fall.

For the glistening raindrop argued to the genie of the sky,

"I am beautiful and lovely as I sparkle here on high,

and hanging here I will become a part of the rainbow’s hue

and I’ll shimmer like a diamond for all the world to view."

But the genie told the raindrop, "Do not be afraid to go,

for you will be more beautiful if you fall to earth below,

for you will sink into the soil and be lost a while from sight,

but when you reappear on earth, you’ll be looked on with delight;

for you will be the raindrop that quenched the thirsty ground

and helped the lovely flowers to blossom all around,

and in your resurrection you’ll appear in queenly clothes

with the beauty of the lily and the fragrance of the rose;

then when you wilt and wither, you’ll become part of the earth

and make the soil more fertile, for there is nothing ever lost

Or ETERNALLY NEGLECTED

For EVERYTHING GOD EVER MADE

IS ALWAYS RESURRECTED;

So trust God’s all wise wisdom and doubt the Father never,

For in HIS HEAVENLY KINGDOM

THERE IS NOTHING LOST FOREVER.

By Helen Steiner Rice