A few people have asked for me to provide a copy of my address I did at church recently. In case you missed it, the minister (Ken Bond) is doing a series on "Living by Faith" and drawing from the life of Abraham as the base for the series. The first of these was on the 13th of April this year and covered the call made upon Abraham to leave his life as he knew it, move somewhere completely foreign, and unknown, and do it all "on faith". We all know the story, but have any of us actually lived it ? Ken thought that my experience of having to leave the aviation industry and head off without a clue of where I or Natalie were going has a striking number of parallels to Abraham's experience.
So Ken asked me if I would like to have an informal "interview" on stage for the first of these "living by Faith" sermons where I could relay my experience. Of course I jumped at the opportunity! Ever since I learned of my hearing problem and realised my dream of an aviation career was over, I vowed that the very least I wanted from the whole saga was for other people to see God in the middle of it. As it turns out, I think I achieved that both in how I dealt with that loss, and secondly how I relayed my experience in church a few weeks ago. Certainly, the feed back I have received has been overwhelming and people are genuinely surprised that I have come through this without being bitter and twisted. My only response to those sort of comments has been to point people to the source of my strength:
Isaiah 40:31 (New International Version) but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Feel free to listen to whole sermon (9.8MB / 36 minutes). ( Apologies for all the "arrrr"'s in my monologue....it was the first time I've relayed this story in public and I was very nervous...the second service that morning was a LOT better, but I don't have that recording :( Edit 2015: recording unavailable - hunting it down, stay tuned