Know The Sabbath Giver
The story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams preparing for and competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics. The title is a reference to the line, “Bring me my chariot of fire,” from the William Blake poem adapted in the hymn Jerusalem. It’s the story of two very different men running for different reasons. Eric Liddell, the “Flying Scotsman,” ran to the glory of God. He said “when I run, I feel His pleasure.” He knew he was called to be a missionary in China, but also believed God had a purpose for his speed. The “Third Act” of the story came when Eric found out he would have to run on the Sunday. Eric was so committed to honoring his covenant with God that he refused to run on the Sabbath. He refused to run despite pressure from the Prince of Wales and the British Olympic Committee. Disaster was averted when Lord Andrew Lindsey traded places with Liddell allowing Liddell to run in his place in the 400 meters. Eric honored God and he won a gold medal without having to compromise his faith or his conscience.
Keeping the Sabbath – I’ve found this to be a pretty contentious topic for a culture consumed with work and media consumption 24/7. How do you keep the Sabbath when it seems impossible to keep up with all the expectations and obligations we have with career, family, church, etc.? Join us this Sunday at Ridgebury EPC where we’ll tackle Mark 2:23-3:6.