EVERETT – The mountains were in view and the rising sun was shining for hundreds of people who gathered at the Snohomish County Prayer Breakfast early Friday.
The Good Friday tradition, now in its 47th consecutive year, drew more than 600 people, who listened to a faith-inspired speech by Tom Flick, a former All-American quarterback for the University of Washington who went on to play for a handful of NFL teams for seven seasons.
The celebration preceding Easter was held at the Everett Events Center and was sponsored by YMCA of Snohomish County.
The event cost $200 a table or $25 per person. Participants enjoyed a breakfast of French toast, eggs and fruit.
Flick, now a Redmond-based inspirational speaker, spoke in parables through much of his talk.
He described life as a journey along a raging river, racing toward a waterfall.
What people define as success along that river is not what’s important in the final analysis, he said.
He dismissed his own success in football and now in business as “a heap compared to my relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Some people cruise along in sturdy log rafts, others cling to a few planks and still others are dragged by currents with nothing to hold.
While they appear different, every life on Earth heads toward the same cascade, he said.
“Life is terminal,” Flick said.
Jesus, he said, is like a rescuer shouting from the shore, ready to save the willing from plummeting into the abyss.
After Flick’s speech, the crowd joined together to sing “Amazing Grace.”
Reporter David Chircop: 425-339-3429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.