So often
we don’t believe
the prediction for rain,
especially if it’s less than 80 or 90 percent.
So a 30 percent chance of rain
on July 11
wouldn’t arouse our hope.

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I sat on the porch during my morning reflection time
watching thunderstorm clouds in the north
move east.
Typical.
I heard rolling thunder
in the distance
and was glad for all
receiving rain
somewhere over there.
But then I began to notice
gray-blue clouds
thickening
overhead.
Then I saw cloud-to-ground veins of lightning
in the north,
20 miles away,
then 10.
The storm was coming toward us,
from the northeast.
Rare.

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It began raining about 8:15
and I expected it to last
about five minutes.
But the storm has circled round—
rain from the northwest—
and circled round again—
big thunderstorm, heavy rain
from the northeast again.
It’s been raining—gently,
then a downpour,
then steady,
gently—
for two hours.
And there is rumbling
again
in the west—
or is it northeast??

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On July 11!
just as we steadied ourselves
through these triple-digit days
for more dry weeks
in this long-term drought.
It is very difficult
to do anything
this morning
but pay attention,
savor,
soak up,
devour
the sound,
smell,
wet,
impacts
of the rain.
It is only time
to stop
and take in the drenching, deeply;
let the fountain of gratitude
pour forth.

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