Jill’s Spill in Iceland

“That’s it,” was my first thought after my head hit the ground. But I kept rolling. I’d already fallen at least twenty feet over the cliff in a freak accident. When my body stopped, I started to get up, and quickly realized how foolish that would be. So I lay down, rested, and considered what I might need to do to get to a hospital.

Gloggafoss Waterfall, Iceland by Jill K H Geoffrion
The fall route

Now, a week and a half later, I’m banged up, bruised up, moving slowly–mostly resting and healing. I returned to the US from Iceland and have excellent medical care. It’s going to take a while for my ankle, ribs, and body to mend, but I am grateful to be alive, to be able to move, and to continue to use my energy to serve God.

Every breath is a gift. I learned that profoundly after my embolism in 2010. I am learning more about it now.

My Prayer

Thank You! For my life. For this breath. For the ability to continue to serve You.

Gluggafoss Waterfall, Iceland by Jill K H Geoffrion
The Gluggafoss waterfall in Iceland with a rainbow

Scriptural Touchstone: 

 “O my God,” I say, “do not take me away at the mid-point of my life, you whose years endure throughout all generations.” Psalm 102:24 (NRSV)

Gluggafoss Waterfall, Iceland by Jill K H Geoffrion

Invitation to Pray:

Take a deep breath in. Let it out slowly. Thank God for the life that is you. Pray for wisdom to use it wisely in service of Your Creator.

Gluggafoss Waterfall, Iceland by Jill K H Geoffrion
My wonderful traveling companion and mother, hiking next to the Gluggafoss waterfall moments before the accident.


Photos:
Gluggafoss waterfalls, Iceland

 

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Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving Christ as a contemplative minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.

10 comments

  • So glad you are okay!! Magnificent pictures before the fall 🙂

    On Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 12:20 PM, Pray with Jill Geoffrion wrote:

    > Jill K H Geoffrion posted: “”That’s it,” was my first thought after my > head hit the ground. But I kept rolling. I’d already fallen at least twenty > feet over the cliff in a freak accident. When my body stopped, I started to > get up, and quickly realized how foolish that would be. So I” >

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  • Dear Jill I am praying for your speedy recovery. Lovely scenery indeed. Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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  • Wow! Jill, praise God that you are recovering. What a frightening experience. My 19 year old daughter and I were in Iceland from Aug 28-Sept 4 – about the same time as you. We hiked many kilometers around many waterfalls and glaciers. More than once I thought to myself what would happen if one of us got hurt. I was shocked to see this post and amazed that you made it out to help given how remote some of these places are and how few people we would see. Again, praise God that you are safe and recovering. I enjoy your blog.

    God bless you and pour his healing grace into you and over you.

    Corrina Conley ccconley@comcast.net 612-817-9084

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  • Dear Jill,

    I am so sorry you had the fall in Iceland, but I am also grateful that you survived it. You are fortunate and protected. All of our lives are in God’s hands, and that is the best place for them to be.

    At first when I saw your Mother, I thought it was you, but that you had aged more than I knew. She must have been worried for you when you fell, but it is a good thing that she was with you.

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  • DEAR FRIEND, ANOTHER MIIRCLE IN YOUR LIFE–GOD IS GOOD–ALL THE TIME. I THANK HIM FOR LEAVING YOU HERE TO LEAD AND SERVE ALL HIS CHILDREN. XXXOXOOXOXOOXXOXO——————————————–

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  • Thank God! May your healing be fast, Jill. If we can eliminate all the accidents in life. And all the bombings and killings keep going on.

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  • Hi Jill,

    I am sorry to read of your fall and am thankful it was not worse. I am praying for your swift and full recovery. I have been meditating in the past week’s on God’s hand in our lives as we face adversity. I pray that you will know the comfort of his presence.

    Blessings in Christ,

    Gala

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