As the rain began to fall during President Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony, many who do not support the new Republican president took it to be an ominous sign.
However, evangelist Franklin Graham, who offered a prayer during the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Friday, had a different take on the precipitation.
“Mr. President, in the Bible rain is a sign of of God’s blessing, and it started to rain, Mr. President, when you came to the [inaugural] platform,” Graham said. “And it’s my prayer that God will bless you, your family, your administration, and may he bless America.”
Graham then continued to read a passage from 1 Timothy in the Bible.
However, not everyone seems to have the same mindset about the rain as Graham about rain on the inauguration day.
The rain starts right as he begins his speech. Mother Nature is like, “Nah, son."
— Renee Bracey Sherman (@RBraceySherman) January 20, 2017
Here comes the rain. The skies are weeping. #Inauguration
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) January 20, 2017
At the very moment Donald Trump took the podium for his inaugural address, it started to rain. The weather knows. #Inauguration
— Emma Dibdin (@emmdib) January 20, 2017
— Maura Kennedy (@Maura_Kennedy) January 20, 2017
Trump said Thursday evening that he was not worried about the weather.
“The truth is, if it really pours, that’s OK, because people will realize that’s my real hair,” Trump quipped.
But while some may remain skeptical about what Friday’s weather could mean, in the words of Luke Bryan, “Rain is a good thing.”