Words from the Heart for Sunday May 12th, 2019
Then he sent back an answer. He said, “You live in the king’s palace. But don’t think that just because you are there you will be the only Jew who will escape.”
Esther 4:13 (NIRV)
The King’s Palace
Dundurn Castle is Hamilton, Ontario’s palace. This historic neoclassical castle was completed in 1835. Builder Sir Allan Napier MacNab purchased the property and existing Georgian estate from Loyalist Colonel Richard Beasley. There are 40 rooms inside the 18,000 square feet Italianate-style villa. Its French windows, wide verandas, two square towers, custom roofs and a Doric portico at the south entrance differentiate Dundurn castle. It was nationally recognized for its grand entertainments, hosted by Sir Allan and his descendant, The Duchess of Cornwall. It was designated as a National Historic Site in 1984, and is now owned by the city of Hamilton.
We put a lot of value on important people in our world. Magazines are filled with articles on powerful, pretty and popular people. Kings and Queens certainly rise to the top of those we admire and emulate. But just like anybody else, their power can quickly be removed and their downfall can come quickly. We have seen that often lately with those in politics and entertainment whose lives have come crashing down. It has always been so. A plot had been put into place to eradicate the Jews from the Persian Empire. Queen Esther was Jewish, even though her husband, the king, didn’t know this. Esther 4:13 says, “Then he sent back an answer. He said, “You live in the king’s palace. But don’t think that just because you are there you will be the only Jew who will escape.” The popularity of this world quickly fades. The powerful can quickly lose their status. How much wiser to find your worth in Jesus Christ, a worth that will continue into eternity.
These have been words from the heart.