“A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.”
My precious daddy handed me a slip of paper many moons ago (kisses my daddy dearest), on it was the address of a church in what they call ‘the greatest city in the world’, I call it… He was sceptical and a tad bit worried about me living alone in that city infamous for its libelous decadence. But He had prayed and God said it would be so. God had already imprinted that in my heart since I was seventeen. Then I had two special ‘T’ shirts made with skyscrapers and the name of the city emblazoned on it. Even the colors blue and green (which were uncharacteristic of my usual pink and yellow hues) were of great significance and specifically chosen.
God gave daddy a word and sermon which he shared with me. Unbeknownst to him, the impact of that word would span several years and sustain my very being.
King James Version (KJV)
28″And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”
Daddy said, “you may not know anybody over there, but the Holy Spirit will always be with you, to protect and guide you. And in the end that which shall come forth of your life will be of God. (verses 34 and 35). One more word he had,
“Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.”
“For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.”
“They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.”
Have I not lived to see all that and more; and still living to see more as I lift my awesome God on high. The power of a truly lived and practiced godly legacy. If my father were wicked, corrupt or perverse in his ways, if he had defrauded the widow (indeed) and the fatherless, and blatantly robbed God, had blood on his hands as he diligently sought to destroy the beloved of the Lord; then the life of his seed would have been chaff for the enemy to blow away at his whimsical behest. In fact, his very prayer would have been a curse. But thank God, that when He (God) called, my father answered sincerely and with everything in him.
Heavenly father, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a heritage. I did not solicit or deserve it, but it was mine. May I in honor to your faithfulness pass it on to my seed. And down on my knees with my face to the ground I say:-
King James Version (KJV)
And Mary (this writer) said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
Be Thou Glorified Oh Lord!!!