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Psalm 103

April 7, 2015

President William Henry Harrison served only from March 4 through April 4, 1841, a mere 32 days inclusive. As he lay on his deathbed he heard these sobering words from Psalm 103:15-16.

15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

The General who had defeated the great Chief Tecumseh had now been worn out by an overabundance of office-seekers and was succumbing to pneumonia. Still, the Psalm offered some encouragement in the next two verses.

17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

On April 4, 1841 Harrison’s grandson was not yet eight years old. He too would become a general, and in 1889 he would also be inaugurated President of the United States, and this President would serve a full term.

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