I am so pleased to see that children have put rainbows in people’s windows. I think everyone sees them as a symbol of hope and sympathy with all the brave NHS and other workers who are on the front line.

At school during World War 2 our teacher told us about the first rainbow from the Bible (Genesis chapter 9) and in the art class we painted one and put the words of Genesis underneath (chapter 8 verse 22):

‘While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.’

We read the story of the first rainbow:

‘And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I have made between me and you and every living creature that is with you for perpetual generations. I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.’

We don’t use the King James version of the Bible much nowadays but we children understood those words very well and they were a comfort to us. Somehow we remembered them in bed when the sirens sounded to tell us that bombers were on the way.

Coronavirus is the new enemy, one which we can’t see or hear. In wartime we were told to take many precautions, using gas masks and blackout curtains. Signposts had been removed – even the sign over shops that mentioned the name of the village.

The day came at last when war was over. Slowly, over several years, life got back to normal.

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