Farewell Addresses

  Much has been made lately of the farewell address by the outgoing President. Many presidents make those kinds of speeches although not all choose to do so. After serving long and hard, regardless of how effectively, he is entitled to say a few words as he leaves the main scene of action. The content of his message is what really matters.

  If you want to read some absolutely marvelous departing words of leaders who were about the lay their burdens aside, read the address Moses gave to Israel. Then spend time reading what Joshua said; also Samuel and David.

  That which is so noteworthy of their address is the emphasis on the existence of God, blessings from God, accountability to God, glory to God, rather than on self or their accomplishments. How fortunate is that nation whose leaders continue to call upon their people to recognize God..