Roanoke Church of Christ



Let me say right off, that as you know, I don’t usually write “sweet” articles. But this one just came to me, so here it is.

I’m sure there is an old song that has in it the line, “I’m always chasing rainbows.” I thought about that while watching a car ad on TV where a father and his little girl chase a rainbow. It’s cute.

Have you ever done that? I have. Actually it was my wife, Jo, and I. It was one of the brightest and vivid I have ever seen. It was in Cincinnati. As I remember (it’s been over fifty years ago) we were going to a store called Swallens to buy one of our first new pieces of furniture, a dining room/kitchen table. It is metal with a Formica top, with a leaf, so it can seat eight people. We still have that table, even though we are not using it. It has a sentimental value for me.

It had rained and then out came the sun shining through the falling water, thus the rainbow. Now, I understand the science behind how rainbows are formed, but if you ever see one and are not taken back by the wonder of it all, you may be dead and don’t know it.

The one we chased (not for long) seemed to end just past that store, so we made a little adventure out of it. And at times it seemed we might actually find the end. It’s a fun memory. As in the TV ad, maybe every parent (and those still kids) should go on such an excursion. Stop for some ice cream on the way home. Once you’ve seen a rainbow you know why the Biblical story of the flood has one. You can even understand why it was seen as a sign from God. You can also understand why it is the theme of so many hymns. I’m not sure there’s any other natural event that compares to it. I’ve never seen the northern lights, but you can be anywhere and see a rainbow. Rainbows know no bounds or prejudice. They will thrill anybody, regardless.

Why are rainbows so fascinating? For lots of reasons, but I suppose mostly they reveal a mystery of light and color that excites and inspires us. As awesome as the universe is around us, a rainbow is ours. It belongs to our world.

But the rainbow has two edges. On one side is the idea that chasing rainbows is a futile, wasted life. There is no end and neither is there a pot of gold there. Get a life!

However, the other side is to remain open to the wonder of it all. To imagine standing, surrounded by the color and hues, at the end of a rainbow. To that extent, the rainbow, as it has throughout history, offers hope. It points to the start of a new day after the storm. It opens up the promise of the future. It calms the soul. And, despite scientifically understanding it, it’s still a gift of nature like no other.

So I think at least once, we should all chase a rainbow, especially while we are young. Maybe even sneak up on the backside of one and catch it by surprise. And, don’t fail to show one to your children, even if they have to stop a video game to see it. They’ll forgive you and even do the same for their kids. Let them see the magic of it all. Let them know it’s a universal wonder that gives its beauty to everyone, regardless of color, wealth, status or origin. You might even remind them, if you’re not afraid they’ll think you’re slipping into one of those embarrassing parental moments, that a rainbow is like God, who gives love and blessings to everyone, regardless of who or what they are. They’ll forgive you for that too, and maybe even tell it to their children, using you as the foil, so they won’t seem as sentimental as you.

Before I go, and while I’m talking about universal wonders, have you noticed all children everywhere in the world, sound alike when they laugh? Laughter, like the rainbow, knows no boundaries. Laughter has no language or dialect, among adults and children alike. Like the rainbow, it offers hope. It colors the otherwise drab and stormy world.

While I’m at it, a smile is also a universal sign of acceptance and joy. So chase a rainbow and maybe even play in the rain. It’ll make you smile, laugh and feel good.

CONCERNS: Connie Crites’ brother (cancer), Jim Hunter is still being treated for cancer. A friend of Martha Foy’s named Lauren, needs our prayers. Erma Williams says her sister in Colorado Springs has been asked to evacuate their home due to the danger of wildfires. Del Bolin asks our prayers for Sharon, also a cancer patient, and a man named Billy, who has thyroid cancer. His wife is pregnant with their fourth child, also Jen McCready who has eye problems. Leena Bolin’s brother is awaiting cancer treatment. Mark McRoy’s friend, Ken Teatino is receiving treatments for lymphoma, Helen Nicklas, Jenni Cullum, Alma Martin, Ron Matney, Joni Beach’s mother, Tim Elder, Health Talents Int. and Bread For A Hungry World.

Monday: Matthew 6:1-18
Tuesday: Psalm 96:1-13
Wednesday: Matthew 6:19-34
Thursday: Luke 23:26-43
Friday: James 1:5-18
Saturday: Romans 8:26-39

Monday: John 8:21-47
Tuesday: Luke 22:14-30
Wednesday: Luke 12:13-34
Thursday: Psalm 51:1-19
Friday: Acts 4:32-5:11
Saturday: Psalm 99:1-9; 100:1-5

Congratulations to Laura Abbott Branch and Dillon Thomas Hogan who were married on Tuesday, June 26. We wish them the best for a long and happy life together.

Thanks to those who cooked and served the evening meal at the Ronald McDonald House last Sunday. It was a great experience. If you have the opportunity at a future time, you should go. This is a wonderful facility built especially for out of town families (usually of children) who have someone involved in a stay at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Also, if you have an opportunity, take a tour; you’ll be awed at how exceptional it is.

Our young folks will be going again at the end of the month, with some help from a few adults. Martha Albert says after that we will look at how we might want to proceed doing it.

By the way, if you get a chance on the tour, be sure to see the “pull tab” room. It is amazing how many people in the Roanoke valley help with this. It is one of their constant sources of income. So don’t forget to turn yours in downstairs.

Hold up on bringing aluminum cans until AC Branch gets back from Costa Rica.

Due to the Fourth of July being a holiday, and some many of our Wednesday evening regulars being gone, there will be no Soup Supper and Bible Study on Wednesday, July 4th.

Since most of you receive the bulletin via mail or e-mail before the published date, remember the clothing drive for the Rescue Mission conducted by the students at VT Carilion Med School and the College of Health Sciences. We have a nice amount to have them pick up and they will be called this week.

Sleiman, (semi retired) Juliette and the family are in the Houston, Texas area now. A note from Sleiman will be shared with the congregation. Their address is 4007 Oakwood Rock LN, Katy, TX 77494-2697. Email:

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