“A few of my (almost) favorite things”, by Pastor Robert G. Argot, Jr.- February, 2017
I have a favorite word. Really. I don’t use it much in conversation, but when I hear it, I smile.
The word is “penultimate.” I learned that word back in seminary. Where as the word “ultimate” means the greatest or the most or the final, penultimate is the second greatest, or the next to the greatest. So if you have the ultimate (or final)
experience of something, just before that you would have had the penultimate experience.
We don’t usually realize that we are having the penultimate experience until later and we look back and think about it. We may remember the last time we leave our house as we move, or the last time we have a conversation with someone, or the final time we….well you can fill in the blank. But do we remember the next to last time?
We have just gotten through the Christmas season. What a great season it was. In society, Christmas is probably the ultimate holiday, but for the Church, it is the penultimate holiday…for the best is yet to come. As much as the birth of our Savior is an incredible story, there is one more…the greatest story has not yet been told. The Easter story in on the way.
So yes, bask in the glow of the penultimate experience in Christmas, but as they say (whoever they are), “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”