Last Letter

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So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 2 Peter 1:12-14

It is early in the morning as you sit down with pen and paper. Composing on a computer won't do. You want these words to flow straight from your heart personalized with your distinct handwriting. The end of your life is near, and you write knowing that you are expressing last thoughts. What would you write in that letter?

Peter's second letter is his last. For all we know he had already been crucified in Rome by the time his message reaches the believers scattered throughout five Roman provinces that make up present-day northern Turkey. Notice from today's passage that Peter was not introducing new thoughts. The things he writes in his last letter are the same things he has been proclaiming and practicing throughout his life. I find that very instructive.

The content of our last letter should not be new material. "Oh, I never knew he believed that" or "I never knew she felt that way" are not responses we want to illicit. Our last letter should be simply to remind those we love of the things we have been telling them and showing them all along. The last letter is simply to refresh their memory. The content of our last letter is being written today by our words and actions.

Father, remind me that what I do today impacts tomorrow. Help me to share every day the things I would want to remind my loved ones of in a last letter. In Jesus' name. Amen.