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Thursday, May 28, 2020
Finally, our white peonies are blooming which is a nice blend with the azalea blooms.
"The House Of The Heroes"
Message summary: A consideration of heroes.
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"Beyond him, Nehemiah son of Azbuk, ruler of a half-district of Beth Zur, made repairs up to a point opposite the tombs of David, as far as the artificial pool and the House of the Heroes" (Nehemiah 3:16).
During this coronavirus pandemic much emphasis has been given to properly recognizing heroes, especially those in the first response and healthcare fields. The photo to the left shows recognition for typically unsung heroes, those who clean the facilities. We see this on a local level in our chaplaincy concerning those who clean hotel rooms and what they may be exposing themselves to as well as the extra effort needed to sanitize the rooms. Even before this we heard plenty of stories about the messes left by inconsiderate "guests" and saw a few as well.
A hero is defined as a person noted for courageous acts. Today let us also consider those who are heroes on the local level likely unknown beyond their local sphere of influence. Let us acknowledge the people who have lived faithfully and demonstrate admirable character over the long haul of life. Should I name such people in my own life very few readers would recognize their names but that would be the same for you as well, as you recall your own "personal" heroes.
Today’s Scripture verse speaks of an intriguing designation. It’s found in a rather matter of fact description of the city of Jerusalem as it was being rebuilt after the exile. Regarding this "House of the heroes", other versions use the phrase "the house of the mighty" or such similar expressions (see here). I suppose it was some type of memorial built to honor their great leaders.
Today, let us remember who these real heroes are, both living and deceased. Let us honor them and, if possible, express personal appreciation. And finally let us consider what constitutes real heroism and live our lives in such a manner that by the grace of God we might also leave a legacy of faithfulness and other character virtues for others to emulate as they look on or follow behind.
Of course the greatest Hero is Jesus Christ and this very designation was given to Him in a lesser known line in the Battle Hymn of the Republic:
Let the Hero, born of woman,
crush the serpent with His heel,
Since God is marching on.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we thank You for those who are working hard during the pandemic, especially our emergency workers, those in the healthcare field, and those workers who are willing to get down on their hands and knees to scrub away the messy germs that cause illness in the first place. We thank You, Father, for Jesus who is the Hero of heroes in that He gave His all that we might receive Your all; forgiveness for our sins and eternal life in Heaven. We thank You for Your undeserved love and unending mercy. Amen.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Hidden Heroes" Video The Talleys
"The Blessing" Video Spanish version We dedicate this song to Spanish believers everywhere and especially our Guatemalan "children". In the late eighties we hosted children from around the world but mostly Guatemala who were in the States for medical care unavailable in their own country. The three Guatemalan children we hosted are of course now grown and we are in contact with all three (which includes our daughter, Ester. Sadly, our first child, Heber, who came to live with us in 1988 passed away about 15 years ago.
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