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A Desolate House, a Dark Future, and a Stone Heart

Thursday, June 6, 2019

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“I was the worst beaten man that ever ran for that high office.” – Horace Greeley, Democrat candidate for President, 1872

One final political illustration and I promise I’ll move on…

Horace Greeley was an accomplished, albeit eccentric, man. Best known for popularizing the phrase, “Go West, young man, and grow up with the country”, Greeley founded the New York Tribune and grew it into America’s largest and most powerful newspaper. He also served a brief term in Congress before running for president on both the Liberal Republican and Democrat tickets in 1872.

Five days before the election, Greeley’s wife Mary passed away. The grief-stricken candidate then lost to Ulysses S. Grant in a landslide of historic proportions. Three weeks later, Greeley himself died. Among his last words were these: “My house is desolate, my future dark, my heart a stone.”

There are several lessons to be learned from Greeley’s early success and tragic end. First, through a combination of skill and hard work, the sky is the limit for those willing to apply themselves and take chances. Second, life is full of highs and lows, twists and turns, so you’d better be well-grounded in your faith. Third, what you have – and what you seek – can be taken away from you in a split second, so cherish your family, your health, and the rest of your blessings.

Fourth and most importantly, know where you are going to spend eternity so that your future isn’t dark, but bright, and your heart isn’t stone, but flesh.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.” Ezekiel 36:26-28 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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