The Last Words

October 25, 2005

From the final Five Iron Frenzy concert, after the last song and after the crowd chanting “Thank you” over and over:

“There’s an Ogallala Sioux Chief who’s named Sitting Bull.
Before the Battle of Little Bighorn, he turned, he turned to some of his chiefs
and he said “Today is a good day to die.” Today is a good day to die.

In the Bible, there is a story about the prophet Elijah. At
the end of his life, he takes off his cloak and he hands it down to the person
he has taught his whole life; Elisha. He gives him his cloak, and with it, a
blessing. To carry twice, twice the grace he has been given. Twice the faith. May
you do twice as much. So tonight, this is what is happening to you. We’re
passing the mantle. Do good things with it. Remember that God loves you. Remember
that all He requires of you is to love Him with all your heart and to love
others as yourself. We’ll sing one more song, and then you guys can go home.
Hopefully we’ll see some of you tomorrow. We’ll see you around someday anyway.”

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