By Pastor Fred Gillett
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.”
He started running when he was 34 years old without ever having been in sports and later transitioned into a dedicated rower, both competitively and non-competitively, when he was 50 years old.
“I love the physical and psychological feeling it gives me,” says Darrell. “Exercise is soothing. It makes you feel good, like you’ve accomplished something, especially when you get older. I take very good care of myself. I’ll be exercising until I die. And I now think that nutrition is even more important than exercise.”
This past December, during the 17 days he was unconscious in intensive care due to a second major heart attack, Darrell had a spiritual, out-of-body experience that gave him a fresh, new-found perspective on life. After staying away from church for more than 55 years, he is now devoting the rest of his life to serving God, faithfully attending church, and focusing only on what’s important.
“I have a 17-day hole in my life. When I woke up, I woke up a different person,” Darrell explains. “I came to realize that I have a really good life, and I’m going to enjoy it all. I don’t worry about anything I can’t change. Nothing.”
Prayer: Dear Lord, I am so blessed to have awakened to the knowledge of you, who you are in my life, my Savior, my Father, my Friend. I will do my best to enjoy the blessings and never worry, for you are in charge of my life. Amen.
Reflection: Describe when you first “awakened” to the knowledge of Jesus as your Savior. How did this awakening change your life?