We Believe! We Believe!

Charles Blondin“The problem with using quotes from the internet is verifying the accuracy of the source.”  [Abraham Lincoln]

It’s one of those stories that just gets better with time.  There was a Frenchman named Charles Blondin who made money walking a tightrope across Niagara Falls in the late 1850’s.  It became the rage to watch Blondin and his antics.  He crossed the Falls blindfolded.  He crossed the Falls while cooking an omelet.  He crossed the Falls with his manager on his back.  He even pushed a wheelbarrow across the Falls one time.  But this is where the “history” gets a little fuzzy.

I would guess over the years I have paid attention to more than a few sermons (there was also a period of several years when I didn’t).  I’ve heard a lot of preachers tell about the day Blondin stood ready to cross Niagara Falls with a wheelbarrow.  “Do you believe I can cross the Falls pushing this wheelbarrow?”  Everyone watching shouted, “Yes! We believe!”  “Do you believe I can cross the Falls with a person in the wheelbarrow?”  “Yes! We believe!” they all shouted.  “All of you believe I can cross Niagara Falls pushing a person in a wheelbarrow - terrific!”  Then Blondin quietly asked, “Who will go first?”  No one responded.

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