Last Words

quotationI hope my last words spoken on this earth are poignant and heart-warming, perhaps even quotable.  I don’t want my last utterance to be something like, “Don’t forget — the garbage goes out on Wednesdays” or “Did we get pre-authorization from the insurance company for this?”

You can tell a lot about a person by their parting remarks.

When Lady Nancy Astor saw all her children standing by her bedside, she said, “Is it my birthday or am I dying?”  I wonder how they answered that question.

Groucho Marx quipped to his tearful wife, “Die, my dear?  Why, that’s the last thing I’ll do.”  Are you kidding?

Trailblazer Kit Carson was quoted as saying, “I just wish I had time for one more bowl of chili.”  That must have been some crazy good chili.

Conrad Hilton left a bit of advice with his last words: “Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub.”  No comment.

Mother Theresa spoke from her heart, “Jesus, I love you.  Jesus, I love you.”  Just what I’d expect.

And then there was Steve Jobs — “Oh wow.  Oh wow.  Oh wow.”  Indeed.

After four months of preaching on David, PB wrapped things up on Sunday with the King handing over the reins and the reign of Israel to his son Solomon.  True to form, David prayed, “…You test the heart and are pleased with integrity….keep this desire in the hearts of Your people forever…..give Solomon wholehearted devotion….”  David was all heart — a man after God’s own heart.

David’s last recorded words in the Bible were spoken to the great assembly:

“Praise the Lord your God.” (1 Chronicles 29:20)

Now those are good words to go out on.

5 thoughts on “Last Words

  1. Lately my “last words” to people as they go out the door are often…”Drive carefully, and watch out for deer!” … which basically means…. “I love you!” (The hidden message just might be that if you collide with a deer, it will cost you a lot of money to fix your vehicle…)

    • We still tell our grown up kids to remember to wear their seatbelts. They just love that. Didn’t you used to send the kids off to school with a saying of some kind? What was that?

  2. As the boys have gone off to school the last few days, I’ve been trying to make “Be kind” the last thing they hear from me (I say “I love you” first!). There’s so much pressure to achieve and meet expectations and not disappoint (who?), but I want them to have a sense of wanting to watch out for each other (and others) and look for ways to make another person’s day a little easier. Take the focus off “me” and put it on “we.” Just might help reframe my attitude and thinking about them, too!

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