Have you lost someone this year, too? Please share in the comments.
We lost a lot of people this year.
- Space pioneer John Glenn (95)
- Singers David Bowie (69), Prince (57), Glenn Frey (67)
- Boxing legend Muhammad Ali (74)
- Writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel (87)
- Actors Gene Wilder (83), Florence Henderson (82), Alan Rickman (69), Alan Thicke (69)
- Former First Lady Nancy Reagan (94)
- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (79)
- PBS Newscaster Gwen Ifill (61)
Plus many more. People you know. People I know.
Just last week, three people died where Kay and I deliver meals, one of them a dear lady to us and her little dog Tiger.
I didn’t get to say final words to any of them.
Or hear their final words.
It’s been three years since one of my favorite authors died: Dallas Willard (77).
His words weren’t to be read lightly or quickly. His words took time to sink in.
Even if you haven’t read Dallas Willard’s books yourself, you’ve likely been influenced by them through someone else who has.
Willard sent a clear and consistent message in all his writings:
- Our kingdom life has begun now.
- Be an active disciple of Jesus Christ.
- Deep soul transformation is possible, if pursued, because Christ is with us.
After a battle with cancer, Willard’s last words were reported to have been, “Thank you.”
What a testimony to a life of worship.
To all those we’ve lost this year, we say, “Thank you.” To them. To God.
“Thank you” are always beautiful words: first, last, and always.
* * *
- What Will You Tell? “Go Tell It on the Mountain”
- Listen for the Other – 5 Favorites of 2016