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“Last Words”

Last words.  The question is often asked when a person dies, “what were his or her last words?”  Here are a few well know people's last words.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN -- As Benjamin Franklin lay dying at the age of 84, his daughter told him to change position in bed so he could breathe more easily. Franklin’s last words were, “A dying man can do nothing easy.”
 
MICHAEL LANDON -- Actor Michael Landon, best known for Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven, died of cancer in 1991. His family gathered around his bed, and his son said it was time to move on. Landon said, “You’re right. It’s time. I love you all.”
 
JOHN WAYNE -- John Wayne died at age 72 in L.A. He turned to his wife and said, “Of course, I know who you are. You’re my girl. I love you."
 
WINSTON CHURCHILL -- Sir Winston Churchill’s last words were, “I’m bored with it all.”
 
STEVE JOBS -- According to Steve Jobs’ sister Mona, the Apple founder's last words were, "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."
 
What makes last words so interesting to us? Do we think that when a famous, or infamous, person says his or her last words, they’re going to give important insight for a life well lived or final admission of a life not so well lived?

Kerry Egan, Harvard Divinity School graduate and former hospice chaplain and author of “On Living,” is often asked about moving deathbed confessions she has heard.   She said people get ideas of what “last words” should be from the movies or television—clean, profound, calm, bizarrely romantic, and “always with the good sense to close their eyes before taking a long sigh and limply tossing their heads to the side… after a beautiful, urgent, life-altering utterance.” 

She went on to say that most people are unconscious many days before dying, sometimes in pain, and highly medicated. Most last words are mundane.  That kind of describes the last words of some famous people.  So, her “last words” advice would be to not wait until you’re dying to tell your loved ones something important that’s on your mind.
 
This Sunday we begin a new sermon series leading up to Easter Sunday.  We will be looking at the “Last Words From The Cross”, or what Jesus said on the cross before he died.  Jesus’s last words didn’t follow a Hollywood script, and they weren’t mundane.  He was very conscious of what was happening, He stayed on mission and underscored everything He had been teaching and living every day of His life.
 
“Oh, wow! Oh, wow!”  You need to be in the gathering of the church every Sunday for the next seven weeks.  Christ’s last words on the cross give beautiful life-altering insight.  Disciplining yourself to show up the next seven Sundays will not only bless you, but will also give you words of wisdom to share with those you love NOW.   Read Luke 23:34. See you Sunday, Alan 
 

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