Heavenly Sunshine

Location: Manchester Center, Vermont

Mile: 1652

Miles to go: 540

“Heavenly Sunshine, Heavenly Sunshine! Flooding my soul with glory Divine! Heavenly Sunshine, Heavenly Sunshine, Hallelujah Jesus is mine.”

While hiking this week, this hymm that I can remember from my early childhood, came flooding back to memory. This hymm describes my mood as I am feeling refreshed physically, mentally, and spiritually, due to the answered prayers of so many wonderful people. I can’t wait to see so many places between here and Katahdin, Maine that I have heard and read about. As my Grandmother used to say, “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You”!

Another thing that helped to rejuvenate me was to spend a little time at New Hope United Methodist Church of North Adams, Massachusetts. My hiking buddy and I spent the night in their extra parsonage, and were invited to speak at their children’s Ready Set Serve program. As I continue to be bombarded with kindness from total strangers along my journey, it was easy to speak to their project S.P.A.R.K. (Seeing People And Responding With Kindness).

Project S.P.A.R.K

I didn’t get to personally meet this superhero, but he favors Pastor Dan Randall. Pastor Dan, 10 year old daughter Ceara, and 9 year old son Caleb treated us to a delicious breakfast at a local restaurant. We later got to meet Dan’s wife, Pastor Courtney, and their 2 and a half year old son Caden.

It’s been quite a while since I rode a bike, but was loaned one to ride into town to resupply.

I woke up early enough to climb a firetower for sunrise.

Published by Chappy Jack

2019 UMC Appalachian Trail Chaplain

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