Hezekiah is generally remembered as a Godly king; however, the last verse relating to his story as told by Isaiah is a very sad commentary about his later days. Isaiah tells of the bondage to come “And some of your own descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away…” Hezekiah’s response, “The word of the Lord…is good.” But he thought in his heart “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.” (Isaiah 39:7-8) In other words, “I’m okay, never mind the future!” Do you suppose that applies to anyone in government today? And while I ask that question pointing to the “other guy” – the ones in the power structure, I confess that I have thought “I’m so glad Social Security will last at least until I’m dead and gone.” Don’t try to take out the plank in the government’s eye as long as there is a mote in mine. See, I know I turned plank/mote around, but I still can’t acknowledge that my “mote” is as big as their plank!
I want to pay tribute to wonderful people I have known, the wonderful country in which I live, the communities in which I have lived, the churches who have claimed me as their own, the God who sends shivers down my back when I really give him a portion of my time—well, maybe not shivers but tears flow easily in some of those most priceless times.
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