Goodness Gracious

By Pastor Tommy Rush, First Baptist Church

Several weeks ago, I was asked to consider writing a weekly article for the Natchitoches Parish Journal. It was suggested to me that I write something inspirational that might provide some encouragement to the people in our Parish. How could a pastor say no to that? I’m grateful for the opportunity and I hope the articles in future weeks will be encouraging!

It’s really amazing what an encouraging word can do for us. Each of us could no doubt tell of a time when an encouraging word made a difference in our life. It can bring comfort to someone who’s weary, courage to someone who’s deeply discouraged and hope to the person about to give up. Proverbs 25:11 actually teaches, “A word timely spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” One old man said it well, “We live by encouragement and we die without it.”Goodness, gracious we all need encouragement!

Maybe I need to give some explanation about the title, “Goodness Gracious.” My family, like many southern families, has always loved “porch sitting.” There’s only a few things I enjoy more than a porch swing, a cup of coffee and a good conversation. Some of my best memories are times shared with family shelling peas, making homemade ice cream, laughing and talking together. Without a doubt, my greatest encourager has been my grandmother. She encouraged everyone and anyone who took the time to sit down on her porch! I still miss her kindness, her laugh, her awesome biscuits, but more than anything I miss the words of encouragement she spoke into my life and faith. One of the greatest blessings of life is having someone in your life who has the gift of encouragement! The two words she would repeat again and again were the words, “Goodness Gracious.” It was her special way of reminding us of the goodness and grace of God!

I look forward to sharing thoughts and stories in the weeks ahead. I pray each one will be a simple reminder that God is good and His grace is truly amazing. Again, I’m honored to have the opportunity and ready to get started.

Goodness Gracious,

Pastor Tommy


8 thoughts on “Goodness Gracious

  1. Sitting on the porch shelling beans and peas with my grandmother was the most fun ever. She let me dunk my vanilla wafers in her coffee. I am a coffee lover now and I think of her when I smell it brewing. I think that’s something missing in our world today…simple things, being close to loved ones, and being grateful for what we have. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Bro. Tommy, I am thankful that God has given you another way to bless our town. I pray that you feel His presence as you prepare to bless us.

  3. I’m so excited that you will be a regular contributor to the Natchitoches Parish Journal.

  4. Thanks Brother Tommy, if there’s one thing we all need in these dark days it is encouragement. We do not know what the future holds, God does not promise us a crystal ball to look into the future so we might as well quit looking for it. We do not need to know what will happen tomorrow He promised to give us a LAMP UNTO OUR FEET He leads us and we will find grace to help us when we need it.

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