In Isaiah’s day, many people could not read, so to have God direct Isaiah to write a prophesy, instead of speak it to the people, one can assume God wanted everyone to “hear” the same thing and not distort the facts when passing it on to others.
It’s important for everyone to have important information written down. Last year before we left on vacation, Glen and I used a form on the Internet to update our Last Wills and Testaments. The process was simple: request the form for your state, fill in the blanks, sign the document, and have two disinterested people witness your signature in the presence of a notary public. This type of a will is generic in nature and gives power to the executor to carry out the directives stated on a separate distribution document, which needs no witnessing.
To complete our end-of-life planning, we used Five Wishes® (www.agingwithdignity.org) to state our desires for medical treatment. We also subscribed to a service to declare ourselves as whole-body donors, and stated we desired to have our ashes placed in the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix.
It felt good, and responsible, to file the mound of papers and to know our end-of-life ducks are in order. God willing, we will have plenty of years to add codicils to the wills and to change our minds as who gets what of our worn out earthly possessions.
Dear Lord, thank you for placing directives for our life through the written Word, signed and sealed by the Holy Spirit. Amen.