Last words from a dying or condemned person usually carries a weight. Here in the words that follow are the words from a condemned man awaiting his execution as a religious prisoner. He reflects on his life and says these words to a young man he has invested in as if he was his own son.
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 NASB
This year has been a year of unexpected changes. For some of us COVID-19 has caused hardship and for others the period of enforced isolation was a blessing. Yet, for most of us the pandemic has brought a mixture of good and bad. The circumstances of life, particularly difficult ones tend to leave a permanent mark on us. They change us.