Dare 2B Daring - June 12, 2018
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“My brother need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will someday come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: 'Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.’” – Sen. Edward Kennedy, eulogizing his brother, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy
Last week marked the 50th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s assassination. It is still debated whether Sirhan Sirhan acted alone, but what is incontrovertible is that Sen. Kennedy was gunned down in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, just moments after delivering a victory speech following the California presidential primary.
Sen. Kennedy was hit three times: twice in the back and once behind his right ear. The last bullet was fired at such close range that it left powder burns.
As Sen. Kennedy lay dying on the kitchen floor, his body cradled by a 17-year old bus boy named Juan Romero, he uttered his last words. “Is everybody O.K.?” Kennedy asked, despite being mortally wounded himself.
“Yes, everybody’s O.K.” Romero responded.
“Everything’s going to be O.K.” Kennedy said reassuringly.
Minutes later, as he was being placed into the back of an ambulance, Kennedy whispered, “Don’t lift me”, before losing consciousness. He died 26 hours later.
Amidst such a tragedy, I think it is informative to focus on RFK’s final words. His dying thoughts were not for himself, but rather for the safety and wellbeing of others. Just like Jesus (see below).
May we, as believers, live our lives in such a fashion.
“Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.’” Luke 23:34
“Then he [the thief on the cross] said to Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.’ And Jesus said to him, Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:42-43
“When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her into his own home.” John 19:26-27
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President