Hope and Second Chances

One my favorite moments in the original Star Wars movies is the last exchange in Return of the Jedi between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, right before Darth Vader dies.

Darth: Now go…leave me.

Luke: No, you’re coming with me. I’ll not leave you here. I’ve got to save you!

Darth: You already have, Luke.

I love this scene. I love how much grace and redemption and forgiveness is packed into these few short moments. I love Darth Vader’s line…you already have, Luke.

Darth could say this because there was somebody in his life who had not given up on him. Luke refused to write his father off as a lost cause. Luke was willing to look beyond the countless sins of his father and see a person worth fighting for. He never gave up hope.

So, is there someone in your life today who needs to know that you will not give up on them? And, even more…that Christ has not given up on them!

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9 thoughts on “Hope and Second Chances

  1. Andrew Ronzino

    Great post for POTSC! That is also one of my favorite scenes. I like how Vader also says, "You were right. Tell your sister you were right." Meaning there was still good in him.

    I know I have people around me who see the good in me and I'm not so pleasant, and I need to do the same to others.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Coenraad

    Eileen, this is such a great post. I can only pray that I will never give up on people for stupid reasons, which is pretty much anything that can drive you to give up on people.

    God gives us all second chances, the least we can do is give it to others as well.

  3. Jenifer

    Great encouragement! Sometimes we get tired of trying. Tired of inviting them to church and them saying yes but not showing. It can be easy to give up. But we need to keep pressing on. Let them know we love them and God loves them and never give up! Love this!

  4. Lisa

    I won't be able to put it into words, but this post really resonated with me – I just "felt" it. God never gives up on me. Thank you!

  5. Tracy Teppler

    Hi Eileen, your post is a confirmation of an earlier one I read which encouraged me to look at those who have hurt me through Jesus' eyes and pray for them. Great thoughts
    God bless

  6. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    Love that scene Eileen… I took the same symbolism from it myself. 🙂

    Great poster, and post!

    Have a Blessed Day!


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