God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. Sound familiar (Genesis 1:28)? Let’s face it. Sometimes having to start over sucks! However, through Noah, God gives humankind another chance. Noah and his sons are once again given authority over all the earth and God goes one step further and promises never to flood the whole earth again and the sign of his promise is a rainbow. I am certainly appreciative that the whole earth won’t be flooded, but what about the floods in the basement of my home? What about the numerous other small disasters in my life? No one can argue that the rains will come, sometime tremendously washing away everything in its way. That’s a part of life. We also can’t argue that the rains help the fruit to multiply even if we must begin again tilling the soil and nurturing the earth to do so. The good news is that we can begin again. The rainbow was a sign for the earth but God in his understanding of human suffering knew that wouldn’t be enough. The sign he sends for us today is his son Jesus Christ and this time it’s different. What else could be left to give this world but the perfect example of God’s understanding of the suffering humankind must endure by giving the one thing to which anyone could relate; the life of a son, his death and resurrection; the promise of a life for a life being the gift itself. All we have to do is make the decision to receive this gift within our own being. So what if we have to drink milk again to gain the promise. Unlike so many other things we’ve depended on in this physical life, in this new reconciliation of our spiritual life, God is ever faithful. The gift is always there ready to be received. We can begin again and the fruit we then multiply will be the fruit of humankind in the Kingdom of God.