All glory is fleeting

There’s a story I like and it is taken from when General George S Patton was relieved of his command at the end of the second world war. It goes something like this. There was a Roman general who had been victorious in battle when he arrived back in Rome he was given a tumultuous welcome, received by the emperor given his baton of victory and golden laurel leaf to wear on his head. As he rode on his chariot receiving the adulation of the crowd his slave stood behind him holding the laurel leaf above his head saying “all glory is fleeting” it reminds me of the transient nature of power, fame and how our good deeds are remembered for such a short time. When we are no more they are no more. Compare this with the words of William Shakespeare. “The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones”. Let me not be remembered for any evil I may have done but let me take the good with me even if you forget it. Before the throne we are measured, all that we have done or have not done, all the good and all the bad will be weighed on the scale and from there it will be determined where we will spend eternity. May God look kindly upon us and through the intercession of the Holy spirit may we be received into those immortal mansions where our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ reigns. I pray this day that God will be merciful to you all.

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