by Mike Keating on Wednesday, 19th of November 2014
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
The last words spoken by a person just before their death are often held to be very significant. Some are not. Edward Abbey’s last rods were “No Comment” and he had them engraved on his headstone. I like better what Joseph Addison said “See how a Christian may die in such peace”. And then there is Pope Alexander VI who said "Ok, ok, I'll come. Just give it a moment."
Most of the time, our last words are not that great. Joseph Zander, a world class Orchestral Conductor, tells the story of a little Jewish girl and her brother standing in a queue before being loaded onto cattle trucks to be transported to a death camp. She was not to know that she would be soon separated from her brother and loaded into a different wagon to her brother. Her last words to her brother were “Henry, you stupid boy. Where are your shoes?” as she noticed her little brother who is the haste to leave the house had not put on his only pair of shoes.
It was the last thing that she said to her brother. She survived those terrible days of the holocaust but the memory that plagues her the most is her choice of the last words that she ever spoke to her brother. Now, she makes sure that she finishes every conversation with words that affirm, cherish and respect.
Jesus last words on the cross were “It is finished” (John 19:30), but his last words to his followers were “Behold, I will be with you always” (Mat. 28:20). What great comfort we have in Jesus’ promise!
It is my hope that everything I say has the ring of love to it (1 Cor. 13:1-2). I would like the last thing I say on earth and to everyone I meet is “God love you and so do I”.
- Ps Mike