Dare 2B Daring - July 02, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“May we regard death as the most weighty of all events, and be sobered by its approach.” – C.H. Spurgeon
“The Iceman Cometh” is a play written by Eugene O’Neill that premiered on Broadway in 1946. It is set in New York City in 1912, specifically in a saloon and rooming house in Greenwich Village owned by Harry Hope.
The bar is frequented by 15 regular customers, 12 men and three prostitutes, who spend every possible moment seeking oblivion in each other's company and trying to con or wheedle free drinks from Harry and his bartenders. They drift without purpose from day to day, coming fully to life only during the semi-annual visits of a salesman named Theodore Hickman, known to them as Hickey. (Wikipedia)
One day, Hickey returns for his birthday party and informs the other patrons that he has given up drinking and as a result, he now sees life far more clearly. He then encourages them to face their own delusions and inadequacies.
Unfortunately, it turns out that Hickey was lying all along. In fact, he eventually admits to having murdered his own wife, rationalizing that it was a “mercy killing” of sorts. Hickey turns himself in and wants to be executed for his heinous crime, but the other patrons rally to his defense and attest to his insanity.
Hickey and the other customers come to accept the fact that their empty dreams are what has kept them alive. However, a young man named Parritt is so consumed with his own guilt that he jumps from the fire escape to his death. Another man, Larry, is also absorbed with life’s uselessness and the futility of his own situation, but he fears death as much as he does life. And so, he remains in a semi-permanent state of limbo, despite claiming that "by God, there's no hope! I'll never be a success...Life is too much for me!"
This depressing play teaches two very important lessons. First, life without Christ has no meaning or purpose. Second, we all must come to terms with our own mortality.
If you don’t know Jesus, it’s not the Iceman who is coming for you, it’s the Grim Reaper. However, for those of us who have committed our lives to Christ, we eagerly await His second coming… or His calling us home.
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:20 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President