“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” – Jesus

The most reliable teacher of all is your life experience. Your life experience proves each new day begins with a sunrise.

The promise of a new sunrise is the gift of a new day.

A new day is the gift of a new opportunity.

A new chance to use your precious gift of life to love people.

These four sunrises were taken by my special friend, Mike Tauriainen. Mike and Kay live in Sterling, Alaska.

51 years ago the big Finn walked into my office at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. I was seated at my new desk. Mike asked, “Where is the new coach?”

I said, “I am the new coach.”

Surprised Mike countered, “No you aren’t!”

“Why am I not the coach?” I said.

“You’re too young.” Was his answer.

51 years later Mike and I are best friends. We have enjoyed many sunrises and new days together.

Some days like today we can’t see the sunrise but photos like these four remind us there is a sun and it comes out each morning whether we see it or not.

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A Yupik mother, terribly afraid of more cancer radiation, and I prayed together. She was in a place where there was no light, no appearance of a sunrise.

Crowell has been there too often in the past six years.

Thankfully, cancer no longer robs me of personal sunrises.  

With peace, these are the cancer fighters we discussed and prayed over.

Be joyful always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks for this is God’s will even in cancer or hardship for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Crowell’s Big Five:

  1. God is who He says He is.
  2. God does what He says He will do.
  3. Fred Crowell is who God says He is, not who I think I am.
  4. I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.
  5. God’s word is alive and active in me and I am believing God.

Sunrises are God’s guarantee He will never leave you, He will never forsake you, and He loves you unconditionally.