Death has snatched three prominents men from the land of the living–each under different circumstances and historical significance.
The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, died on Christmas Day of complications from pneumonia and heart failure at the age of 73. The Hardest Working Man in Showbusiness worked until the very end and is truly a legend who blazed a trail for future legends like Michael Jackson to follow. He will be greatly missed and irreplaceable so I really do not want to see the lame American heads sticking the tag “New Hardest Working Man in Showbusiness” title on anyone else.
Former president Gerald Ford died at the age of 93 after battling several illnesses. I was about 5 years old when he took office and although Ford caught a lot of flack for pardoning Tricky Dick (Richard Nixon) after all the Watergate scandal, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him for keeping the stench off the presidency. I doubt very few people would have had the resolve to take office at a time when the nation was reeling from the shame the scandals caused. But above all this, Mr. Ford was a godly man who never hid his faith in Christ. Decency, honor, and humility are the qualities that I will remember most about Mr. Ford. He will be greatly missed.
Saddam Hussein was hanged for his crimes against humanity late last night. While I simply cannot find it in my heart to shed one tear for his death, I have no illusions about the impact his execution will have on the war in Iraq. Hussein is dead but Bin Ladin and the Saudis who funded 9-11 are still out there. Our troops are still in harms way and probably won’t be taken out of harms way until (shock!) the time leading up to the election of a new president. Time will tell but may God be with all over there and here too.