There is a lightening of spirits and sighs of relief as the sun breaks through after hours of refreshing rain. I woke several times Saturday evening just to enjoy the sound of the rain through my open window. A cool breeze through that same open window caused me to reach for a light blanket. I have to say that this type of weather just brings out the happy in my heart. As we drove home from church Sunday evening, the sun broke out of the heavy gray clouds. The contrast was breathtaking and thought provoking. I know many folks in our community are struggling with deadly diseases and it just seems as if the storms of life are going to do you in, but God promises a way through those storms into the sunshine. To someone who hasn’t trusted their life to God, or is in the midst of a horrible storm, that sounds a little trite, but it is the truth of life. It is the hope upon which Christians build their daily lives. There have been a few times in my life where I literally lay on the floor and cried out in pain and confusion, but somehow God has brought me through. That hope for a better day, the silver lining of the cloud, or life with Christ forever is what keeps us going when life seems to be bleak and hopeless. We have at least a half dozen people in the community who are facing those dark storms. All I can say is look, lean, and wait on the Lord. Somehow it will pass, and God will still be there for you.The shower for Kendra and Alex went very well. The young couple was blessed by gifts from family and friends. We all know how generous the people of Richland can be. The shower was held in the newly remodeled Community Center. It is absolutely beautiful. It can be rented for a modest fee, and it is truly a delight to the community. It is a venue that could easily host the fanciest of events. Should you desire to rent the hall contact Michael Suber.Please keep our country and our precious soldiers in your prayers. We have another passing in the McPherson family. This group of wonderful people is weathering a strong storm. The Powell family is facing grave times with Kenneth. There are several other families who are facing tough battles with cancer. Please hold our community and our sick up to the Lord in prayer. May God bless America, and thank you for the wonderful rain.