Let The Rain Come Tumblin’ Down
On rare sunny days, the mornings were noisy with bird-song: bulbuls and yellow-naped orioles feasting on fruits from luxuriant shrubs…and mynahs building nests in the roof.
Coming home late one night, i hit a thick wall of scent, several houses away, from the flowering Murraya Paniculata (千里香) in the garden. (Its similarity to jasmine first made me turn to see if i was being followed by a pontianak.)
The amazing abundance brought on by the indiscriminate rain also brought Matthew 5 to mind:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.