Jumping for Joy

Photo by Eun-Kwang Bae on Unsplash

A couple of years ago, doctors discovered two 90 percent blockages in my heart, sent me for a heart cath, and inserted two stents. When I told people what was going on, I discovered that many friends and church family members had been through the same kind of thing. People were coming out of the woodwork, telling me about their blocked arteries and their stents.

A couple of weeks ago, I began telling people that I was planning a skydive for Sunday, September 15. Once again, people began coming out of the woodwork, telling me about their skydiving experiences. People I would never have guessed had jumped told me about multiple jumps. A friend in her sixties told me she jumped 275 times, was a member of an all-woman competitive jump team, and had broken a limb and ruptured and eardrum while skydiving.

Well, I’m not planning on breaking or rupturing anything, but I am planning on jumping this Sunday. If I can, I’ll get some pictures to share with you.

People keep asking me why I’m jumping. I am using the jump as an opportunity to raise funds for a great non-profit in our town, Beginnings Care for Life. (If you want to support Beginnings, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/jumping-for-beginnings-care. Even a gift of $5.00 will help!) I’m using the jump as a fundraiser, but that is not why I am jumping. I am jumping for joy – for the joy of flying, the joy of freedom. I expect this jump to be FUN and to give me a new glimpse of the great things God has made.

Who knows? Maybe I’ll be scared to death. But then again, maybe I’ll have the time of my life. Next week, I’ll let you know how it went.

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