The last word

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11/29/2013

The last word

 

By Pamela Czarnota 

Originally posted Nov. 19, 2013, at Discovering Discipleship. Republished with permission of the author. 

Jesus' words pointed to a future that he knew would be rough for his disciples. He wanted his disciples to be prepared but also to know that their allegiance and faith in what he was doing would be the final marker to all events that would and could occur. This can be the message for us today as well. Jesus doesn't sugarcoat what lies ahead, but he gives meaning to it. All of us in our journeys, in one way or another, to one degree or another, will feel persecuted, will feel cheated, will feel great despair, and though our faith does not promise that these things can be avoided, it does tell us that in the end our future is guaranteed. The last word of God to us and to the world will be a good word. A time when all questions are answered, a time of hope and joy that we perhaps cannot even begin to imagine. (From a sermon by Randy O'Donnell, pastor, 11/17/2013) 

From Pamela:

Do you know anybody who seems to always want the last word in a conversation (or argument)? You know, the person who comes up with just one more comment or question or gripe? Or the one who can't leave the space just blank.

I can remember how one of my family members would often stomp from the room if he didn't get his way. We would begin to breathe more freely, and then we would hear him come out of his bedroom, back into the living room with an angry: "Oh, and just one more thing ..."(and the negativity would begin all over again).

I must confess, it got to the point where we would laughingly wager on how many minutes would pass between stomp out and re-entry.

The “last say” is the speaker’s effort to control the situation and have lasting impact.  

Jesus proclaimed to the people of his day and to us today that God will have the last say, and that say is a resounding "YES!" to life.

When disappointment, suffering and loss of any kind seem to close the door of possibilities, we are called to stay alert, watching and waiting — and proclaiming to one another boldly the YES that is God's last word to us.

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Find a link to Pamela Czarnota’s congregation’s blog Discovering Discipleship at Lutheran Blogs.

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