Posted by: Montecito Weddings
Written by: The Rev. Sarah Farmer

We can thank Hindu traditions for the belief that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck and fortune to come.

Other good wedding day omens?

~ Seeing a sneezing cat! Bless you!
~ A spider in your wedding dress (no thanks!)
~ A sugar cube in your glove to sweeten your union.

But keeping in theme with the cloudy skies above, my favorite wedding day superstition is “seeing a rainbow,” which stands for the promise of hope.

Now, a rainbow certainly increases the probability of amazing wedding photo opportunities, but it also reminds me of a Native American legend that speaks of living in harmony and peace. It doesn’t speak directly about a bride and groom per say, but about us as a world, as nations and communities, neighbors and families, coming together as one:

The Legend of the Rainbow

Once upon a time, all of the colors of the earth were quarreling amidst each other, claiming that each was the best and the greatest.

Green said; I am the color of life and hope. I was chosen for grass, trees, and leaves. Without me all animals would die. If you look over the earth you will see that I am the majority.

Blue said: Ahhh you think only of yourself, but what of the sky and the sea? Blue is the color of water from which all life comes. Blue is the color of the sky which brings peace and serenity. Without me, there would be no life, and no peace. Without me, you would be nothing.

Yellow said: You are both being so serious! I bring light and laughter to the world! From the sun to the moon to the stars in the sky, to the very sunflower that makes all mankind smile. Without me, there would be no fun!

Orange spoke next, most solemnly: I carry the most important needs for human life. Think of the nourishment that comes from the pumpkin, the orange, and the mango. I may not show up often, but when I do, such as in the spectacular sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that no man thinks of any other but me.

Red could contain himself no longer: I am the ruler of all of you! I am life’s blood, the color of danger but also of bravery! I am fire! I am willing to stand and fight for a cause! I am the color of passion… without me the earth would be as empty and dead as the moon.

Purple rose up slowly, regal and tall and spoke clearly and with great eloquence: You are all fools. I am the most important because I am the color of royalty and power. Kings, chiefs, and bishops wear my mark for I am the color of authority and wisdom. Do not question me. You must listen, and obey.

Then finally, after a brief and tense silence, Indigo quietly chimed in but with equal determination: You may not always notice me, but without me, you are all of no consequence. I am the color of silence, the color of thought and reflection, of twilight and deep waters. You need me for balance, inner peace, contrast, and prayer.

And so, the colors continued their arguing, each convinced that they were superior to the other, when all of a sudden there was a sharp sound like a crash! The thunder rolled in anger and the lightning flashed across the sky. Rain poured down in torrents while the colors crouched in fear, huddling closer for safety and comfort.

In the midst of the clamor, Rain spoke: You foolish colors, all fighting amidst one another, jostling for dominance. Do you not realize that each of you was created for a specific purpose, each special and unique in your own way? Now, join hands and come to me.

Doing as they were instructed, the colors united and came forward.

From now on, said Rain, whenever the skies turn to grey and the waters fall to the earth, together in harmony each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of color! This will stand as a covenant of your unity and a reminder to all of you that you can live together in peace. The rainbow will hereafter be a sign of hope for tomorrow.

And so, whenever the rain washes the earth and a rainbow appears in the sky, it is a reminder to all of us to respect one another, appreciate each others differences, and to live together in harmony and peace.

So no matter what the weather is on your wedding day, rain or shine: Remember to love one another, love all that is your life together, and know that even if the clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives for just a moment, blessings and good fortune await you… over the rainbow.

In grace and love, Sarah

2016