SEVEN LAST WORDS
You’ve probably heard the joke before about the “seven last words of” . . . no, not from Jesus, but of the church: We’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 notions—the new, the unfamiliar, the unknown—describe Jesus’ 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.