I got up early Saturday morning to hit the gym. I couldn’t believe the sunrise God gifted us with. Just stunning. Though I’m about half way through my life span, I haven’t seen thirty-eight years of sunrises. But I can guarantee, God hasn’t missed one. The sun ALWAYS rises. Does it rise in blue skies? Not always. Sometimes the sun rises in clouds; in rain; in winter. But it always rises. And so will you. As someone who has had to rise often from depression, I have clung to this one promise in God’s word, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”Β  We sure do get knocked down, don’t we? But if we have Christ in our lives, we have Christ in our comebacks. And here’s what that means: we will always rise. Addiction, divorce, loss, mental affliction…all kinds of things knock us down. But Jesus Christ isn’t only about sundowns, He’s about sunRISES. If you are knocked down, take heart, you will rise. And if you have recently risen, take heart and celebrate it!

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