It's hard to stay feeling "blue" when you look at the drama in this Guatemalan scarf. Why do we use "blue" for those days when we're "off-colour"?
Google to the rescue!
"If you are sad and describe yourself as "feeling blue," you are using a phrase coined from a custom among many old deepwater sailing ships. If the ship lost the captain or any of the officers during its voyage, she would fly blue flags and have a blue band painted along her entire hull when returning to home port."
That explains the use of the term when otherwise blue is a favourite colour. I happen to like it; so much so that well over half of my wardrobe is blue!
Today I'm not so much feeling blue and getting frustrated with a lingering cough and cold. Two days would have been sufficient but now into the fourth day things are beyond a joke. That's why I went for a brief walk in the garden with a scarf whose colours always makes me feel more cheerful.
Rainbow hues take me to an even deeper level as well. Right back to God's promise and to the knowledge that God is faithful - whatever is happening around.
O God the King of Glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom of heaven:
Mercifully give us faith to know
that, as he promised,
he abides with us on earth to the end of time;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer
The Collect of the Seventh Sunday of Easter.