There are three reasons to go to a leaving do:
1. To continue walking alongside a friend on life's journey
2. To support a colleague
Thought for the Day contributors either latch their thought on to one news story or link them together with some common theme.
As today is my final contribution I have received a unique invitation from producer Nicki that I might 'Go rogue or go festive'.
Now, putting out of my mind the idea of Santa with an assault rifle, I might just have a go.
Let's talk eschatology.
Advent is about looking forward whilst waiting patiently. Christmas is about celebrating a beginning. Eschatology is the study of last things. The end.
We can look forward to ends. How great it will be when we don't need to raise money for charity, work out how to visit care homes safely or worry that someone will charge us to do what's always been free. As the Bible says, the day when every tear is wiped away.
We don't consider endings enough. The Christian Gospel challenges us to ponder our own. Big thought.
I said there were three reasons to go to a leaving do.
3. To make sure the so-and-so is really leaving.
I am. Thanks for listening.