GOODNESS GRACIOUS

By Tommy Rush

Tuesday while traveling on the Interstate in Texas I watched an amazing sunset. I’ve seen some awesome sunsets in my lifetime but this one might be the most beautiful I’ve ever witnessed. What made it so spectacular was the indescribable color of the sun and the sky as it went down. It seemed as though God was blessing us Tuesday with a display of His glory! It is great to know that somewhere the sun is setting at this very moment and many are seeing a beautiful one given to them by the hand of God.

Tuesday I was driving from Louisiana to Texas the sunset took place right in front of me and it seemed extremely close but it didn’t hurt your eyes to look at it. I was traveling to Dallas to attend a conference called the Celebrate Recovery Summit. This ministry has touched the lives of literally millions of people battling addictions, deep hurts and destructive habits in their lives. It began with a man named John Baker who himself battled alcoholism before finding new life in Christ. John died in February 2021, but the testimony of God’s grace in his life has been a beautiful story to hear. His love for people and families suffering through the pain and wounds of addiction led him to start this Christ-centered ministry of hope over 30 years ago.

Throughout the 3 Day Summit, references were made to the legacy of mercy and grace that John Baker left behind. His love for Jesus and his love for hurting people was evident as people shared testimony after testimony of the hope and freedom they found in Christ through the ministry of Celebrate Recovery.

I’ve thought about the beautiful sunset I saw this week and it’s been a reminder to me that one day the sun will set on every person’s life, including mine. Sunsets can be beautiful or they can be ugly. Sadly, for many people who are beginning to see the sun of their life move slowly but surely toward sunset, their sunset isn’t very beautiful. Some fill their later years with complaining, self-pitying, demanding. Honestly, it’s not very pretty. Others however, like David choose to live the sunset of life being a blessing to God and everyone around them. David wrote in Psalms 71, beginning with verse 17, “since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.” What a great prayer for a beautiful sunset to life! I hope you will join with me in praying the same prayer before the sunsets today.


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  1. Great article Brother Tommy! It was an Awesome sunset God provided on the way to Dallas! The Celebrate Recovery Summit is pretty hard to put in words! All I can say is I am Blessed beyond belief and the talk on “Perfectionismsm” really stirred me! I invite all to Celebrate Recovery Meetings at First Baptist Church, 508 2nd Street, Natchitoches on Mondays 6pm. You will be Blessed!

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