JUST A WORD….
The Last Lecture, a book by Dr. Randy Pausch, is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read in my life. At the age of forty-seven, Dr.Pausch discovered he had pancreatic cancer and very limited time to live. Perhaps by divine coincidence, at the same time Carnegie Mellon Institute of Pittsburgh, presented an opportunity for a professor to deliver a lecture, assuming it would be the last he ever delivered.
Having gotten married only ten years earlier, Dr. Pausch had three children under the age of ten. Children who would never really get to know their Dad, what he valued, what kind of man he was, and what his hopes and dreams might be for them. There were also his students, who could never again learn from him. So, with his wife gently protesting, he went ahead and delivered the lecture. If you’ve read his book, or seen his lecture, you probably feel the same awe, admiration, and respect I do
There were just words on the pages. Just words. But what emotions they created. How well we were able to get to know such a beautiful person, when most of us never had and never could have had opportunity to meet him personally. Words. Written words, help us find out a lot about him and will continue to do that.
We also recently lost one of the most brilliant men of our time, Steve Jobs. More than anyone alive today, his life and work have impacted us. All of us, and in ways we could not have imagined even a decade ago. After he discovered that he, too, had pancreatic cancer, Jobs contacted one of the most accomplished biographers our country (or any other) has ever produced. Jobs contacted Walter Isaacson and asked if he’d write his (Steve’s) biography. Some may have viewed that as presumptuous. But Steve Jobs had a driving compulsion to let people know what Steve Jobs was about. I’m sure he felt the same way Randy Pausch felt: He had something important to say, and a book. . . just filled with words. . . seemed to be the most effective way to do that.
Words. Just words!
Believe it or not, with the coming Christ mass season, that has been the way my mind has been working. Personally, I believe the Incarnation of Christ, the Nativity, was God’s dramatic attempt to introduce us to His Son, so we can see what He’s like, what He thinks, how He lived and died, and how He treated others. No one else has ever even come close to Jesus in the beautiful, simple, profound way He demonstrated the perfect ideal of life. If we want to know what God is like, how He thinks, how He works, what He’s willing to give because of love, then we should know Jesus.
When you read the opening chapter of the Gospel record of John, you run immediately into these words: “In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God. . . the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, as of the only begotten of God, full of grace and truth.”
Most people who study Scripture even halfway seriously know that the Greek word used in that paragraph is “Logos.” That was the Greek’s attempt to put a name to God, or whatever they perceived as the most lofty, elevated idea of the Reason for existence which We translate Logos as “Word,”
If you think you’d like to know about such outstanding people as Steve Jobs and Randy Pausch, I’d suggest that you read the books (the words) about them. If at Christmas, or any other time, you have a desire to know God, I’d suggest that you read about Him in Scripture. God has spoken to us in His written Word, and through His Son, the Living Word.
Just a word? No, I rather think not. HE IS THE WORD.
I believe God still is speaking and in this coming season, especially, my prayer is that the Glory of the Lord may shine on you. Joy to you, too!
God’s son and servant, your friend and fellow student donkimrey