Monday, March 11, 2013

Last words

Maybe it's just because it's Lent or perhaps I'm getting morose as I age, but I've been thinking about last words. What do you say at the end ... of a friendship? of a marriage? of a life?

We lost a young woman in our congregation in January. She took her own life. Her last words were in a text message ... sent to me. She promised me that if she was going to take her life, she would contact me. She did so in a way that made sure I wouldn't be able to intervene. She apologized for doing what she was about to do.

Last words have the power to bless or to break and we never know when those last words will come ... and whether they will be the words of another to us or our own to another.

4 comments:

Ginger said...

I wonder if we ever know when we've shared our last words with someone. It makes my heart ache to recall some of the things that I've said or decisions I have made in the past when I realize they were last words.

I try now just to be a presence or a prayer or maybe a touchstone for the Holy. That's really all I have. Sometimes the best word is a golden, gentle, silence.

Reverend Mom said...

My thoughts exactly Ginger. More prayer and less words.

Anonymous said...

what Ginger says - we just don't know.

My heart ached when I read this ...

Crimson Rambler said...

such a sad story...and such a hard memory.