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A sign of God’s wish for peace for humankind appears over Manhattan

A sign of God’s wish for peace for humankind appears over Manhattan

Thursday, many folks in NYC shared photos of a rainbow that appeared over the island of Manhattan. At one point the rainbow seemed to end directly over the new World Trade Center. Perhaps the best photos were taken by Ben Sturner, founder of the Leverage Agency, which he shared with #magicalrainbow on Twitter.

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Shirley O'Shea

I don’t think you failed to express yourself accurately. I believe I understood the spirit of your post. I’ve always understood the rainbow as an indication of God’s good will toward humanity and that our pain – the pain of all caught up in this conflict – is known to God. That is why the image was heartening to me.

Shirley O'Shea

All I’m saying is that the rainbow, for me, is some kind of indication that there is some hope somehow to be had in the midst of all the sorrow of that day and its aftermath, as I’ve said. I do not take it to mean that God blesses war or capitalism or the U.S. in any kind of exceptional dispensation. When my husband completed graduate school and we finished packing up the night before we left for his new job we saw a double rainbow, and we had to believe it meant something good was coming, because it had been a very difficult five years. I tend to have a melancholy way of being in the world, and seeing the rainbow made me feel better. Then again, maybe the rainbow means absolutely nothing.

Mary Sheeran

It was a lovely thing to see. But it didn’t happen last year or the year before or the year before…that’s not to say the rainbow didn’t mean something or bring balm to the soul, rainbows always do. Oh, but I remember in college greeting a rainbow over the campus with guitars and folk singing – while at the same time a tornado was hitting a town a few miles to the south.

Ever since 9/11, we have been at war and war and war. It’s understandable that we would have gone to Afghanistan, but for fourteen years, we have not stopped. We have not taken the lesson of our fear and terror from that day to understand how others feel who are constantly under the threat of war. Instead, our government continues to exploit the fear of 9/11 to keep us fighting. Somehow I don’t think those who died that day would think that was a good thing. I wouldn’t be surprised if some used the rainbow to show God’s approval of the wars we’ve waged.

Shirley O'Shea

A wonderful balm to a soul still harrowed in pain over the attacks and the aftermath.

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