The Cup and Acceptance of Life’s Pain
In his newly released book, In Remembrance of Me, Dale Byers tells of “Dr. Ernest Pickering preaching after he had become blind, spoke of giving thanks for the cup. (Communion). This great man of God had lost all sight and was at the mercies of those who cared for him. His presence in the pulpit was an awesome sight; not just because of the tremendous blessing he had been in his writing and preaching, but also he spoke of taking the cup and giving thanks. That is hard to do, but that is what a Communion Service must do for us. Not my will but thine be done. He drank all of it.”
Brother Byers is showing that Christians must respond to life’s losses as did Jesus and as Paul instructed in Ephesians 5:20, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” This is easy to say, but when called upon to do it, many believers go AWOL.
I love reading and writing about giants of the faith like Ernest Pickering. To learn to give thanks in all things is a mark of submission to God’s will. Job expressed it thusly, Job 1:21, “And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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