Sunday, January 22, 2012
Chariot Of Fire
Following the Olympic games in Paris Eric went back to China to do missionary work with his father. There he was married and had 3 daughters, the last of which he never knew because events leading up to WWII caused his wife to take their children out of the country. Eric, who chose to stay, was put into a Japanese internment camp. Life in the camp was hard but Eric, as he had done his whole life, continued to live by the principles he believed. He knew and trusted God. He was assigned to teach science and oversee sporting and recreational activities for the children in the camp. "He helped carry the coal for those who were older or disabled to ensure their stoves would continue to burn. He did not let the fact he was hungry, imprisoned, or away from his family stop him." He was always serving others. Eric died in the camp due to an inoperable brain tumor. "At his funeral, the Reverend Arnold Bryson, a close friend of Eric, said, 'What was the secret of his consecrated life and far-reaching influence?' Absolute surrender to God's will." Eric's last words were said to have been, "Complete Surrender"- a motto he used often in his sermons.
If you ask this man if he was happy-through all the trials he faced, I think he would say yes. This man put his faith in God and chose to serve those around him even when he himself was suffering. His attitude was one to emulate. Even as he suffered severe headaches from his tumor he carried burdens and taught children- he brightened the lives of those suffering around him. Even in the midst of his own pain and sorrow. Not only was he a man who had gained the prise of the world through his athletic abilities, but he was also a man who let that go and gained the praise of children and the elderly. He was a man who had the respect of his wife and children. He was a man who will be, and should be, remembered by generations.
Posted by Lori Ann at 8:02 PM