Sometime ago in middle school, I believe…..I was taught “if you want to know the key points within the chapter of a book, then flip to the end, and read the last couple paragraphs.” Admittedly, I’ve tried that more times than not, and even most recently in reading “Run with the Horses”. If the book is written well, then the author most likely does a great summary of that particular section.
This week, as I started down the road of the final chapter of the book, this week’s homework, I was very impressed with the book’s ending, perfectly summarized in the final two paragraphs.
Spoiler alert….if you haven’t finished the chapter, then I’m about to share a few thoughts that maybe you want to discover on your own.
Peterson references Flannery O’Connor’s comment that “nothing happens in a story unless someone is married or shot in the end. Some might argue that our story of Jeremiah flops, since he doesn’t die and doesn’t get married. We are left asking ourselves, “Is that it??”.
For most of us, that IS IT, right? Whether Jeremiah is successful or unsuccessful is really up to our interpretation. And I think that’s true even today, about our own lives.
“So, that’s it?”
Notice the difference?
Let me pause on that note.
No Zoom meeting this week. We’ll meet at The Community Matters Cafe for breakfast and wrapping up. Please remember to bring a mask when you enter the cafe; you can remove the mask once you sit down. Anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable gathering in-person is certainly excused.
I’ve asked the restaurant to use their private room. Waiting to get confirmation on that request or, if not, we can simply take one of the longer tables in the main dining room.
I’ll see you tomorrow at 7:30 am for a great meal, fellowship, and wrapping up a wonderful book!
Reminder that we won’t meet next Friday, SEP 18th. We’ll begin the next series over Zoom on the 25th.
“The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life” by Eugene McManus. https://www.amazon.com/Last-Arrow-Save-Nothing-Next/dp/1601429533