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NEW YORK — Christian highwire artist Nik Wallenda and his sister, Lijana, conquered fear with faith to successfully walk about a quarter mile 25 stories above street level in Times Square on Sunday night.
Inspiring - Comeback - Siblings - Flying - Wallendas
The inspiring comeback for the siblings of the Flying Wallendas circus family comes just over two years after a rehearsal for a dramatic eight-person pyramid in Sarasota, Florida, went horribly wrong and five of the eight highwire artists, including Lijana, went crashing more than 20 feet, breaking every bone in her face.
Nik told The Christian Post in an interview just days before the walk that he had struggled with fear after the accident but declared that he would pray as always with close friends and family, then just walk by faith on Sunday.
Performance - Sunday - Lijana - Faith - Limelight
In a dramatic performance on Sunday, he and Lijana kept that faith in the limelight for viewers watching the event on television with a family prayer led by Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
“Congratulations to @nikwallenda
for completing an incredible tightrope walk across Times Square! A true testament to their faith and determination to accomplish the dream God put in their hearts and to carry on their family’s legacy,” Osteen tweeted shortly after the siblings completed the nail-biting walk between 1 Times Square at the south end at 42nd Street and 2 Times Square just north of the TKTS booth at 47th Street.
Spectacle - Ground - Emergency - Workers - Security
For those watching the spectacle from the ground, however, they just hoped for the best. Emergency workers and other security officials who had blocked traffic along the stretch also watched but were prepared for the worst.
Nik finished his walk on the highwire well before Lijana, then quickly went to wait for his sister at the end of 47th Street where they received...
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