Friday, May 17, 2024

Five Minute Friday - Finally

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One word. Five minutes to write about it. This is the idea behind Five Minute Friday and this is today's free-writing post.

finally the weekend
and finally . . .

Finally, it's Friday, and I have a few moments to write. This week was finally the end of the school year for the co-op where I teach. I wasn't quite sure what to do in the final class since we'd completed the entire textbook, but I thought the class time should have some useful information for the students. I decided to simply do a quick review of some of the writing tips and techniques we'd learned during the year. and highlight some of the skills I thought were most important. Will those kids remember the tools they were given in class and think about them through the summer? Probably not. I don't expect they will be honing their essay writing through the vacation, but I do hope that at least some of the skills they worked on will come back to them next school year or when they're at college, and that they'll remember something useful, helpful, or encouraging from the class.

When listening to a lecture or sermon, we're often relieved to hear something like, "In conclusion . . . " or, "And finally, let me close with this . . . " because it means we're near the end. And honestly, unless we're actively taking notes, we may not remember much of what was said if we're asked to give a summary afterwards. But many times something that happens or that I hear later in the week will jog my memory. and I'll reflect on something from a recent sermon or podcast. The closing words that wrap up a teaching can be what allows the thought to linger at the back of my mind so I can have quick access to it when needed.

Paul and Peter left some memorable passages at the close of their letters. While the word "Finally" indicated the letter or section of a letter was coming to a close, it also signalled that a summary of the most important point to remember was about to be highlighted. These are some important words for us to take to heart as well.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
~Ephesians 6:10~

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
~II Corinthians 13:11~

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
~I Peter 3:8~

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable―if anything is excellent or praiseworthy―think about such things.
~Philippians 4:8~


This post is linked at Five Minute Friday for the word prompt "Finally".

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  1. It's true - I remember what I write down. Whether when I was in school, sitting in a conference, or listening to a sermon, I take notes. It is the way I best retain what I have heard.

    Paul had a beautiful way of tying things up for us. He pointed us to what was most important for us to learn. It is amazing how meaning the word 'finally' becomes when we look at it more closely.

    1. I think when we hear or read the word 'finally' we are brought back to attention if we've wandered a bit. Sort of like when the teacher says, "this will be on the test"! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. Great post! That's so true - unless I write things down, it doesn't always stick in my memory. Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you - I hope you're having a great weekend too!

  3. Today I attended my granddaughter's 8th grade graduation at the classical consortium--two days of in person instruction at a church, the rest of the week homeschooled. I am so grateful for teachers like you! And yes, we are blessed to have Paul and Peter's final summaries of instruction!

    1. One year I taught at a hybrid school like the one you mentioned. Hybrid schools and co-op classes are so great to share the responsibility of educating our own with like-minded parents in a manageable size group. Homeschooling is such a blessing! Congrats to your granddaughter! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  4. oh, nicely put together. FMF13 good to see the importance of the finally isn't it? The pulling it all together.

    1. Yes I hadn't really thought of that "wrap it up" aspect of the word before. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  5. It's finally the weekend,
    and Barb's away at church.
    In my heart I won't pretend
    that I feel left in the lurch,
    but my dear wife has gotta find
    a paradigm for when I'm gone,
    and I need to be real kind,
    not saying that I rely on.
    her presence here, holding my hand
    while I cough blood and something worse.
    She needs now, to understand
    that I am something more than curse,
    that I model the Christ I know,
    and in that I can let her go.

    1. I pray that Barb was encouraged and strengthened by her time at church, and that you felt the presence of the Holy Spirit with you at home. I think you each worshipped in your own way. Praying for you both!


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