Skip to comments.The Most Inspiring Christian Since Helen Keller
Posted on 06/08/2014 8:00:11 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Id heard of Nick Vujicic. Id caught a glimpse of him on Christian television. But nothing prepared me for his recent appearance at my church.
A mighty man of faith, Vujicic delivered one of most powerful, spirit-filled messages Ive ever heard. I think the Australian-born evangelist the most inspirational Christ follower since Helen Keller.
Kellers life story was immortalized in the 1962 motion picture The Miracle Worker. Born in 1880, Helen was 19 months old when she contracted brain fever, as the Keller family doctor called it. She was struck blind, deaf and mute.
Nearly feral as a child, Helens desperate family found her a teacher Anne Sullivan, the miracle worker who leaned in and, over time, got through to the blind, deaf and mute girl, teaching her to communicate.
One of those with whom young Helen communicated was Rev. Philipps Brooks, who introduced her to Christianity. He was renowned, in his time, for his preaching. He is best known today for writing the lyrics of the famous Christmas Carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem.
In one of her letters to Rev. Brooks, Helen told the clergyman that, even before she could communicate, she knew about God. She felt His presence in her darkness; heard His still, small voice in her silence.
Helen didnt know what to call the presence that was always with her. The tender-aged blind, deaf and mute girl had no concept of names. But she knew God.
As an adult, Helen was able to share her testimony with millions of people throughout the world. The only really blind, she said, are those who will not see the truth those who shut their eyes to the spiritual vision.
On the other hand, she also said, Blind people who have eyes know that they live in a spiritual world inconceivably more wonderful than the material world that is veiled to them. The flowers they look upon are the immortal flowers which grow in Gods garden.
I cant help wondering if Helen Keller might have been present, in spirit, on that recent Sunday when Nick Vujicic visited my church; if she might have been among that great cloud of witnesses of which the Apostle Paul wrote about in his Letter to the Hebrews.
Nick was born 31 years ago with tetra-amelia syndrome, an exceedingly rare disorder that consigned him to a life with no arms and no legs.
By age eight, Nick despaired that he was not like other kids; that there was no happy future awaiting him. And, two years later, he tried to end his misery by drowning himself in the bathtub.
But God had put a hedge around the boy. Nicks repeated attempts to take his own life failed.
Over the next few years, young Nick was awakened to the Holy Spirit working within him. And, at age 15, he gave his life to the Lord.
By immersing himself in Gods Word, Nick learned that he was not cursed at birth, but fearfully and wonderfully made. He learned that his being born without limbs was not purposeless, but so that the works of God could be revealed through him.
And the Lord has, indeed, done miraculous works through Nick and his global ministry, Life Without Limbs, as the evangelist has traveled throughout the world sharing the Gospel.
Like the time Nick traveled to Mumbai, India. The Holy Spirit moved him to visit the citys red-light district; to go from brothel to brothel preaching Christ. At one brothel, a woman asked Nick to pray for her sister, an invalid who had not walked in four years.
The woman had previously prayed to her assorted Indian gods. She had bowed before their graven images. She had left offerings. All, to no avail.
So she decided to put the Christian evangelist to the test. If your God is real, she challenged Nick, pray for my sister to walk?
So Nick prayed aloud, in Jesus name. And, lo! and behold!, the womans invalid sister stood and walked for the first time in four years.
The women of the brothel were dumbstruck, much like those who witnessed Jesus heal the blind, the lame and the leprous. They repented their lives of sin and declared Jesus their Lord.
Their chains were broken. They were set free. And it was because the work of God was revealed through Nick Vujicic, a man with no limbs, a mighty man of faith.
It’s too bad about the rumours that Helen Keller was a dedicated communist.
He was awesome in The Butterfly Circus; great short film, it’s well worth the time spent to view it. http://thebutterflycircus.com/short-film/
Wasn’t Helen Keller a communist?
Blind and mute?
Get the movie and watch it.
Helen Keller may have converted to Christianity, but did she remain a practicing Christian? She gained a reputation as a hard-core socialist.
In the early 20th century, she became active in the ultra-radical anarcho-syndacalist Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) because the Socialist Party wasn’t left-wing enough. She later joined the Stalinist Left in supporting the “Republican” government in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.
Did Helen Keller even believe in G-d? She was a notorious socialist.
I had never heard of him. You read a story like this and you wonder why you would ever complain about anything ever again. Ten minutes later, you will.
That film, just amazing. Thank you so much for sharing that link.
You are welcome! :)
Helen was a socialist, I think. She was influenced by Anne Sullivan who grew up in dire poverty and turned to left-wing politics - probably through her husband Mr. Macy. Keller by her disabilities and the coddling of both her mother and Anne was shielded from reality.
Once Anne Sullivan died, btw, Helen took up smoking and drinking martinis and wearing mink stoles in public!
There was also some Swedish philosopher that she followed. Swinborn or something. I’m sure some freeper will tell me.
Edward Swedenborg if memory serves
Helen Keller was influenced by Emanuel Swedenborg’s spiritual beliefs. (She never met him, he was 100+ years before her time.) Not sure if she was ever part of the Swedenborgian Church, which I think was set up by his followers. He was a kinda-sorta Lutheran who claimed to have had a lot of private revelations via dreams and visions. Swedenborg didn’t believe in the Trinity, but did have a rather complicated quasi-Christian mystical cosmology.
Thanks! I knew someone would know that.
I really enjoyed the film! Was that just a trailer or is that the entire movie?
So were William Blake and Johnny Appleseed. We even had a Swedenborgian here on FR at one time.
Really! Well, that just shows you how fascinating freepers are.
That was the entire “short” film, however, they are making The Butterfly Circus into a feature film: http://thebutterflycircus.com/feature-film/
From the description:
Helen Keller's life was deeply changed when she began to read the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg in braille. Referring to him as "one of the noblest champions true Christianity has ever known," she said, "Swedenborg's message has been my greatest incitement to overcome limitations."
Certainly, Helen Keller did much to help the world. But she felt she could help the world most by sharing with others the inspiration that came to her through reading Swedenborg's books. "Were I but capable," she said, "of interpreting to others one-half of the stimulating thoughts and noble sentiments that are buried in Swedenborg's writings, I should help them more than I am ever likely to in any other way. It would be of such a joy to me if I might be the instrument of bringing Swedenborg to a world that is spiritually deaf and blind."
Her essay How I Would Help the World is her attempt to do this. It is accompanied by an introduction by scholar Ray Silverman elucidating Helen Keller's spiritual process. This glimpse into the spiritual life of Helen Keller provides inspiration for those who may have wondered how she was able to find the strength and the courage to overcome her triple handicap. Pictures of Helen Keller are direct quotations from the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg accompany her poignant words.
Well, I’m still here.
Wow. Thank you for posting that.
You are welcome; fabulous film, I remember saying wow the first time I saw it too. In fact, I then encouraged all my 20-something kids to watch it, and they were very touched by the film as well.
I have seen Nick in person and listened to him speak, although I’d forgotten until I read this. I was diagnosed last week with cancer, for the second time. I’ve been taking it really hard, to say the least. I’ve been through loss, pain, you name it, for the last few years. You don’t even want to know.
I don’t want....to lose body parts
I don’t want...to have cancer again
I don’t want... to hurt anymore
I don’t want...oh you name it.
Each tragedy that struck, I’ve handled it just a little less well. Everyone calls me “brave” and “strong” but I’m really feeling not-very-strong inside and even my faith has been shaken. I knew God was there, but felt unloved and alone.
But I’m not.
I can do this and thank God for sticking with me when I’ve been weak. Be brave and strong for me, Lord.
Did not expect a post like this. I will be praying for you.
Small world. Swedenborg had a real foe in one of my favorite painters, William Blake. I believe he wrote THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN AND HELL as a polemic against Swedenborg. Blake was brilliant and a bit of a nutter from what I can tell.
Is any beloved figure of ours ever simply okay, or must they all be crackpots?
Thank you. I just thank God that this was posted, it helped me SO MUCH.
I will absolutely be praying for you. It’s a tough road but God is with you, and where He is, heaven is.
With you in the Lord!
As for mystical revelations and visions, a Catholic should not find this unusual as many saints and doctors of the church have had the same.
Here's our resident Swedenborgian, miss marmelstein.
Please don’t lose heart. There are many of us here who understand bad times. You are not alone.
Thank you zc!
Dear friend, I pray that the Lord bless you and keep you. That He make His face shine on you. That He be gracious to you. That He lift up his countenance upon you. And, most of all, that He give you peace.