SEVEN LAST WORDS
Youâ€™ve probably heard the joke before about the â€œseven last words ofâ€ . . . no, not from Jesus, but of the church: Weâ€™ve never done it that way before. Often pastors cringe when laity balk at trying something new. And vice-versa! Few are willing to see the new, try the unfamiliar, risk the unknown. Alas, all of those notionsâ€”the new, the unfamiliar, the unknownâ€”describe Jesusâ€™ way and ministry. In the path of the Nazarene, there are no last words. Instead, there is seeing with open eyes; helping to heal others, even as we struggle with our own wounded hearts; and risking self for others.