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Rainbows in the Streets


The story is told of Professor Migliore who worked with inner-city kids in Trenton, New Jersey. One day, after telling the story of Noah to some of the children, he asked, “Now then, boys and girls, where do you see rainbows?” Several replied, “In the street!”


The professor thought they had misunderstood his question, but eventually discovered the truth. Consigned to the asphalt jungles and high-rise tenements, the only place these kids had seen a rainbow was in the puddles on the street that had become slicked with oil from a car with a leaky engine.


While that may seem a sad story, truly it is a story of hope and grace as well. For these children, God’s sign of mercy and hope was right in the middle of their otherwise hopeless world. God’s promise of mercy was right where they needed it most - in the greasy puddles of their everyday lives. And that is where God’s mercy finds each of us too.