It’s Taken Hollywood By Surprise

It’s Taken Hollywood By Surprise

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:1-2

I don’t know if you have been following the news, but I was thrilled beyond thrilled to hear the news that Joni Eareckson Tada is up for an Oscar nomination for a song that she has recorded for the soon to be released movie, Alone, But Not Alone.

I have been following the commentaries about this from “Hollywood’s” perspective. People are outraged trying to figure out how this “nobody” could possibly be a Oscar nominee.

Alone and Not Alone

Most of you know that Joni was paralyzed years ago when diving into a shallow lake, breaking her neck which left her as a quadriplegic and confined to a wheel chair for decades.

She went through many ups and downs, but God has used her in amazing ways. She has authored numerous books, became well known for her art work which had to be done using a pencil or paint brush in between her teeth, and in recent days, well known for her ministry, Joni and Friends, which has an international ministering around the world to those who are handicapped.

We had the privilege of meeting her years ago when I managed Fox Chase Christian Bookstore in Philadelphia. She made a profound impact on our daughter, Laura, on several occasions, and despite the fact that she was a “Christian star,” she took the time to engage Laura in deep conversation that was very real and personal.

I believe that Joni is part of the “huge crowd of witnesses” talked about by the writer of Hebrews. I have Laura and Joniappreciated her transparency over the years. She has freely talked about her struggles and the challenges living in a world as a quadriplegic. She has been candid, not sugar-coated times of doubt, discouragement, frustration and all the other emotions that we have all faced.

But Joni has always reminded us that God is sovereign – that He can trusted even though we can’t always understand his plan. I am thankful for men and women like Joni who are there cheering us on this race of life.

Who are those men and women that God has brought in your life to cheer you on?

Check out this link for Joni’s song, Alone and Not Alone.

Going the distance with Jesus,

Bill Welte
America’s Keswick

Daily Bible Reading: Exodus 7-9

Quote of the day: We must love God more for what he is than for what he bestows. True love is not mercenary. —Thomas Watson

Verse to Memorize: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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