Here in Bakersfield
water is precious.
In a place that only gets 6-8 inches
of rain per year,
a day of rain is usually celebrated.
Unfortunately, a town that
never gets much rain is
not equipped to deal with a lot of rain.
It has been raining for 4 days now.
On Sunday, the ping ping ping of water falling
announced a leaky roof.
Cars are stalled in flooded roads as people
unfamiliar with driving in these conditions
attempt to finish their holiday errands.
The damage is daunting,
& I pray for all those affected.
But I also think, in some way,
the rain has forced us all to slow down,
With all of the rushing around, the
usual break-neck pace of the holidays,
a moment of pause to reflect on the waters
may be just what we need.