Walking in My Words

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Be careful what you preach because you may have to walk in it.  So it has been for me this week.

On Sunday I had the great privilege of taking the service in my lovely little church.  Our minister had just moved and she needed a much deserved day off.

The scripture lesson was Hebrews 11, the great FAITH chapter of the Bible. The first verse is the one to which I hold.  It says, “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.” (Living Bible)

In the sermon, I related stories of faith and tried to encourage the walk of faith and putting fear aside.  One story I borrowed from the internet was of Charles Blondin, famous  Niagara Falls tightrope walker, circa 1860. In an article about Blondin and faith, Ray Pritchard recounts the events of the crossings.

“…he would walk across the Falls many times. Once he walked across on stilts; another time he took a chair and a stove with him and sat down midway across, cooked an omelette, and ate it. Once he carried his manager across riding piggyback. And once he pushed a wheelbarrow across loaded with 350 pounds of cement. On another occasion, he asked the cheering spectators if they thought he could push a man across sitting in a wheelbarrow. A mighty roar of approval rose from the crowd. Spying a man cheering loudly, he asked, “Sir, do you think I could safely carry you across in this wheelbarrow?” “Yes, of course.” “Get in,” the Great Blondin replied with a smile.

The man refused.” (Read the entire article about Blondin)

The sermon went well.  I felt some relief and perhaps a little pride in having pulled it off but my balloon quickly found a pin in it that evening when I learned something that could shake my already tenuous world.  Another hit came on Tuesday and suddenly my great words of faith rose up to haunt me.  Fear rushed in to replace faith like a tidal wave.

It has taken me a couple of days to recover and I must say I’m not entirely back on track but getting there.  The outcome is still invisible as Hebrews points out but once again I can believe the outcome is not in my hands but in the hands of the great powers beyond, the universe which conspires to meet my needs and deliver my dreams.

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About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises, I work as an "Associate Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and soon to be, spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 20 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. My own passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director. I am studying with the Ontario Jubilee Program. This new field I believe puts all my talents with people into one place which and may​ become something I can continue into retirement. Supporting people is what I do best. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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