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The Rev. John Gunn The Rev. John Gunn
The 20th Century produced many outstanding writers. One whose literary accomplishment stands as a living monument is the pastor, newspaper columnist and author, John R. Gunn (1877-1956). On a wide variety of subjects he left us an abundance of messages that warm the soul and touch the heart.

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Richest Blessings

March 14, 2011

The night has its treasures as well as the day. As someone has said, "Blessed is the night for it reveals to us the stars."

According to author John R. Gunn, "Life is often like that. Some of the richest blessings we ever experience are those that come to us in the dark days, in the night seasons of light when everything seems darkest about us. Many a man has found that in the midst of tragedy and sorrow, he finds the real depth of love and concern of his friends. Many a woman finds her family bound together with stronger ties of love and understanding when difficulties come. And all of us find in the darkness of despair that God is with us if we call on him. He gives courage and hope and the faith to rebuild life, despite the misfortunes which may have come."

There was once a man whose home and store were swept away by flood. As he stood in the mud where his home had stood, he saw a gleam on the bank. It was gold and with the gold, dug from his land, he rebuilt his home. Financial loss is rarely regained as easily as that, but there is often a similarity in our experience. Our greatest good fortunate is often concealed in apparent misfortune. What seems to be the darkest day may be the forerunner to a brighter day. For those who believe in Jesus Christ, this is always true; for even death itself is but the prelude to victory.

There's a famous painting called 'Night'. When you look at it, at first there seems to be nothing to it but black darkness, but as you look, faint outlines appear - houses, trees, lakes and a dimly shining moon breaking through the clouds.

So it is in the night seasons of life, when all seems darkest look for the light of God's love; His promise of a brighter day.

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