A Stumble, A Fall, A Walk

Posted: June 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

Photo by Troy Livesay

On June 15, 2012 seventy-six amazing ladies graduated from the Heartline Women’s Program. The auditorium was filled with family, friends, and even a visiting group to Heartline. The ladies even more than last year wowed us with their singing, dancing, fashion show and creativity as they displayed many of the items that they had created over the school year.

Sitting there at graduation my mind went back to nine months earlier, to the first day of school.  I happened to be outside on the front porch as the ladies were leaving after the first day of classes. One of the ladies leaving, misjudged the small porch step, stumbled, and fell right onto the ground.  The ladies around her helped her up, brought her back inside, checked if she was okay, and  brushed her off.

Thinking about that day, the first day of school, the first day of meeting your fellow students, it I’m sure,  is not how she wanted to start her time at the Heartline Sewing Program.  Yet, she continued to come.  Every now and then I would see her at class  and just her being there brought encouragement to me.

I thought of her and of the incident during graduation when I saw her leave her seat, walk up  two steps, and cross the platform to receive her diploma. Her face was filled with joy as she received her well earned diploma.

She started with a stumble and a fall; but nine months later she ended with a walk. What a lesson that is to us.  There may be times when we stumble or even fall.  There may be times when we want nothing more than to give up.  There may be times when we just want to stay down because it it simply too much effort to get back up.  In times like these I think of the words of Jack Dempsey,  the professional fighter who said,

A champion is one who gets up even when he can’t.

In September about 100 ladies will enter the 2012-2013 Heartline Women’s Program.  It will be our privilege to teach, encourage, and help them finish the course.  While they may not physically stumble and fall, many will come feeling unworthy, unloved, and inadequate.  It will be our joy to help them see that they are loved by God and by us and that they are not alone.  It will be our mission to help them as William Seymour said,

To lose sight to gain vision.

When you support Heartline, you are supporting, helping, and encouraging the amazing ladies who enter our programs and become a part of our lives and community.

A stumble, a fall, and a walk seems like such a minor thing, but I over the past couple of weeks have told that little story several time and each time I find that I am speaking to people who can relate and then feel encouraged because they, themselves, know what it is to have faltered, stumbled and even to have fallen.  And they also know what it is to be helped up, and strengthened by God and by the people of God.

Class of 2011-2012- Stay the course, finish the race.

Class of 2012-2013-We are looking forward to seeing you.

Reader of this blog- Lose Sight to Gain Vision.

John McHoul

  1. Kathy says:

    Looking for your donate button…

  2. Kathy says:

    I clicked the link to the website on the left of the blog and it says URL not found : (

  3. Kathy says:

    Whew. Got it sent.

  4. Barry says:

    Hi John, I remember that day because we were building the box for the propane tank, so happy for her and the ladies. We’ll done to Margerie and the teachers for another positive year.

  5. Well said John – glad we serve a God who is the business of redeeming people not trash-canning them!

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