The Walker

Friday, February 9, 2024
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I've recently started using a walker in the house. It helps my balance when I am moving around. It also proves to be very useful if I need to carry something from one place to another. I just load it up and I'm on my way. The seat comes in handy at times, as well. If I need to rest for a few minutes, I can sit down. What a great helper!

A walker is described as a walking aid that a patient may be issued in order to improve their walking pattern, balance, or safety. A walker is a helpful device that gives support to maintain balance or stability while walking.

This morning, as I was doing one of my morning devotions, which included a video, I found myself up and dancing around in time with the upbeat, uplifting song with the help of my walker. It felt really good to be able to dance — something that I haven't done in quite some time, and something that I would never attempt to do without the help of my walker.

Likewise, as Christians, we have a Helper — the Holy Spirit. There are many things that we cannot do on our own, but with the help of the Holy Spirit we can. The Holy Spirit strengthens us when we are weak, convicts us of our sins, leads us to repent of those sins, helps us to understand God's Word, helps us to pray when we don't have the right words, and empowers us to become more and more like Jesus.

Various versions of John 14:26 describe the Holy Spirit as Counsellor, Comforter, or Helper, Who will teach us all things. In John 16:13, Jesus promised us that "the Spirit of truth … will guide you into all truth." (NIV)

Ephesians 1:13 – And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. (NIV)

Acts 2:38 – Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (NIV)

Acts 15:8 – God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. (NIV)

Just as there are many things that I can do only with the help of my walker, only by the power of the Holy Spirit are we able to fully live the Christian life. Just as it felt good when I was dancing around with the help of my walker, so it feels good and right when we are living in the power of the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to work in our lives.

Prayer: God of hope, fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in You, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NIV) And may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. (2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV) In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good one Dee. Blessings upon you and your handy walker.

    Praise God – The Holy Spirit is our comfort and guide – Amen.

    Wonderful devotional Dee. Thank you for this insight and blessing.

    Thank you for sharing the truth in a beautiful way. Very good analogy!

    An absolutely wonderful devotional today Dee filled with encouragement and truth. Thank you so much!

    Well done. Lovely and so nice to read your story. Keep dancing and sharing your gift of writing about our Lord and Saviour.

    Good morning, Dee!
    Thank you for your uplifting message today. It was beautiful. Keep on moving.

    Thank you, Dee, for today’s wonderful devotion.
    Many blessing to you and may God keep you and watch over you,

    Dee – I have been counting on my aid to balance for just over a year, and my Holy Spirit guide for decades. Thanks for drawing the connection to keep my focus on my Lord and Saviour.

    Hello Dee, your excellent devotional reminded me today of Psalm 118:7:
    The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.
    Thank you for writing so well.

    What a delightful picture you gave us of you dancing with JOY! Thanks so much, Dee, its started my day off well!

    This is an amazing account and a very real and NEEDED reminder to be asking the Holy Spirit into each day, morning by morning. Perhaps then I could be more productive, especially in prayer. Bless you for this shared experience.

    Good one. I have a friend who doesn’t want to use a walker because she doesn’t want to appear weak or needy. But we all are, aren’t we?
    Thank you for sharing. Dance on!

    Thank you for not only thinking of the relationship between a walker and the Holy Spirit but also acting on it by submitting this devotion for us to relate to. Lots of times we have good thoughts but making them happen doesn’t always happen. Good intentions, but… Thank you for your contribution.

    Oh, Dee, thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us today, in particular, with me. I’ve been struggling to accept using a walker. So reading about the many ways yours supports and helps you is making me reconsider my aversion to using the one I inherited from my brother. It’s been taking up space in a corner only to be moved when vacuuming! You’ve helped me see the advantages in using it. Blessings.

    Thank you, Dee, for your devotional today and sharing with us your experience in having to use a walker. Access of a walker is certainly a great help for us to get up and about without the fear of falling and possibly breaking some bones. As you have mentioned, having the Holy Spirit with us is truly a special addition of delight and guidance in our lives. Blessings for your writing and may you continue to “dance” along with the joy of the Holy Spirit and the walker.

    Hello fellow Canadian. Thanks for your meditation today. Good to hear you have found some aid from your walker. Both my mother-in-law and my mother used walkers well into their nineties. May you have such luck too sister. When my wife complained to her physiotherapist sister that stairs were tiring, her sister replied: ” If you don’t do stairs, you can’t do stairs.” I suspect the same is true for dancing. So keep walking, dancing, and writing. Blessings on you.

    Good morning, Dee,
    When I first read your title, I thought the devotional was going to be about someone walking somewhere. I was surprised to see it was a physical walker. It is a great comparison it makes to our helper the Holy Spirit. It was great to hear how much you benefit from the walker, and you enjoyed dancing with it.
    I rely on the Holy Spirit a lot to help me and to guide my thoughts. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Blessings.

    So good to read your devotion. I too have walking aids but have found by placing things along my well-worn paths I can make often in my little place. But lately I have been plagued by falls and the results.
    I really enjoyed your ability to dance using your walker.
    Perhaps I can make life easier by changing spaces to better accommodate my walker for more stability.
    May God bless you as you are able to dance through life.
    (Ontario, Canada)

    Thank you for your inspiring devotion today, Dee.
    My ministry focus is on ministry to older seniors, as I take worship and Bible study into the local retirement residences. The worship services I prepare are specially tailored to suit the needs of older seniors – more hymns – shorter message – and Scriptures and sermons that address their needs and interests.
    I have plans for a sermon based on the Holy Spirit in the coming months. This sermon is part of a series of messages for older seniors in the retirement homes, and with your permission I would like to use your imagery of a walker as a helper.

    Praise God for walkers…and for the Holy Spirit!

    Thank you for this meaningful message.
    I really gained a terrific feeling of the Holy Spirit in your message.

    Thank you for sharing a wonderful devotional.

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