Saturday, 12 February 2011
REMEMBERING DWIGHT PRYOR
Hello again folks! I received the latest edition of "In Touch" from Christians Friends of Israel [CFI] this morning and have just opened it up to find inside an A5 size letter announcing the recent death of someone I have always held in high regard: Dwight Pryor.
Here [repeated in full] is the text of that announcement as communicated by CFI-UK's Assistant Director Robin Benson:
"It is with a deep sense of loss that we write to tell you that this past Saturday afternoon, February 5th, our dear friend and co-worker, Dwight Pryor, passed into the presence of the Lord he loved and served so faithfully. As most of you will know, he had been unwell for some weeks since having a gallstone operation in early January. In an email received late Saturday night, his wife Keren Hannah wrote this:
Dear friends, Dwight's heart gave up the fight this morning at 11:00am [Saturday, 4:00pm UK] and he peacefully left us to celebrate Shabbat in our eternal home. Free of pain ... free to jump and run, to dance and sing at the top of his lungs. I'm sorry I'm not able to call each one personally, but please receive this notice from my heart. I believe that his rallying yesterday was an effort to indicate his farewell - the call from Heaven grew louder and the peace and Shalom was already covering him like a tallit [prayer shawl]. There was so much love surrounding us and I cherished his small responses. To echo what I wrote last week:
"I'm filled with gratitude for the peace/Shalom and the order that was evident around Dwight today. Heartfelt thanks to you for each of your prayers and caring thoughts that surrounded him, and Jean and myself, these past hours."
Thank you too for your prayers that will help to sustain his mother, Jean, his son Ben and his wife Erin and myself, who were all at his bedside this morning ... and all the family. "Now I know that the Lord has delivered His anointed one, answering him from His holy heavens with the mighty saving power of His right hand ..." [Psalm 119]. In grief, along with all of us left behind, but celebrating the life of my beloved Dwight, KEREN. Baruch Din HaEmet - Blessed be the Righteous Judge."
Thank you to all of you who have been so faithfully praying for him, Keren, and the family. Please continue to do so now as they mourn his passing and also celebrate his life and ministry. Please also remember us here at CFI-UK as we cope with yet one more loss of someone who was dear to many of us ... it is so hard to bear on top of all the other bereavements we have faced in the last six weeks. The Lord bless you for your concern and support." [end quote]
I always remember Dwight's insightful and biblical commentaries and especially his teaching series entitled: "Behold The Man! - Discovering our Hebrew Lord, the Historical Jesus of Nazareth". We lose such wonderful teachers and exponents of the Word and I sometimes wonder: Where is the next generation of such marvellous folks? But we know the Lord ALWAYS provides!
Real Bereans [Acts 17:11] are truly needed; watchmen must warn; evangelists must compel; DO NOT BE DECEIVED and watch that periphery!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 12-Feb-2011