Heavenly Sunshine

By Chappy Jack

July 30, 2019

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 .

3 Replies to “Heavenly Sunshine”

  1. I am so glad you are refreshed and continuing your journey. God bless you as you continue this amazing journey.🤗

  2. Oh, I am so glad you’re feeling refreshed and rejuvenated! Every night at 10pm, my phone reminds me to pray for you. I also have been praying at random times, whenever something sparks me to remember you & the other thru hikers. My prayer this morning when I saw the FB post about this blog is simply “Thank you Thank you Thank you!!” May you continue to feel loved, supported, and strengthened for this last part of your journey!

  3. Way to god cuzin Jack. I knew you would get your second wind and finish this journey! No doubt
    Stay safe and know we are all still rooting you on and can’t wait to see you after this special endeavor you are about to accomplish
    Love you Jack!
    Shaun D

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