Lord, help us keep our hearts in times of plenty or little. Help us remember You and to live righteously. Amen
Today’s reading: 1 Kings 10-11.
Spring is in full bud here in piedmont North Carolina, and it always reminds me of Robert Frost’s Nothing Gold Can Stay.
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Spring’s golden hues are quick to disappear, and so was Israel’s golden age under Solomon. The brief pinnacle of Israel’s success was punctuated and underlined by a visit from the queen of Sheba.
When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the LORD, she was overwhelmed.
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