The Last Word

Hi David here. There are only three things that are important in a story. The beginning, the middle and the end. Simple really when you think about it.  In Christianity, endings are important.  It’s important to finish well, particularly at the end of a church service and send people out in hope. A flippant “that’s the end of service – let’s be careful out there”, just doesn’t cut it. It’s about farewell, it’s about wishing people well, it’s about blessing.

In many churches the ending of the service includes a benediction. The word benediction is made up of two words.  Bene meaning good, and diction meaning saying.  So, the benediction is meant or used as a blessing

In the Bible a benediction is used as a short form of a petition, an assurance, a promise or principle. It’s about protection, comfort, and abundance. It is the essence of genuine, heartfelt joy and commitment. It is personal, it is positive, it is healing, it is eternal.

Here are some of the most familiar benedictions or blessings in the bible:

May the Lord bless you and keep you; may He make His face [cause his spirit] to shine on you and be gracious to you; may He lift up His countenance [smile] on you and give you peace. ~Numbers 6:22-27

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. ~ Jude 24-35

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Thess 5:23

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, So that you may abound in hope By the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.~ Romans 15:13

I think we have lost something when we send people out, when we farewell people, when we say goodbye.  Perhaps we have missed an opportunity in the church, and in our lives to bless people and to leave them with a blessing.

So what about you?  How will you bless people this week – how will people find hope and comfort in your words?  Here or somewhere this week share your story, it may just help someone to feel more than just blessed.  Here’s my take on a benediction for you.  May these words bring you comfort, hope and peace this week.

The Last Word

When heartache and trouble
Clamber like monkeys on your back
And your shoulders slump
With the weight of unexpected burden
May your long road rise to meet you
And clearly direct your path

When all hope seems lost
And your soul becomes dim
Behind your grey eyes that forget to sparkle
May a rainbow of bright thick colours
Splash over the canvas of your mind
And awaken you to choose life again

When you struggle on your own
With burdens too common to share
Because others have won medals
For burying their burdens
May you reach out
For we were always meant to
Share each others burdens

When someone pulls your thread
And you feel so unravelled
So tied up in knots and pulled apart
May you catch a glimpse of the other side of
Your tapestry of life
See it taking shape as a Beautiful landscape

May these words dance around you
On a gentle warm breeze
May love surround you
And weave a cloak
Of hope and character
Around your life

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One Response to The Last Word

  1. Kiley Gray says:

    Thanks David for those words. Needed those after a set back today. Kiley

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