Go Gentle Into That Good Night

...He said, 'Now it is finished'
Scripture

John 18:30
John 18:1-19:42

Sermon Week/Year

Good Friday,
C

Sermon Topic

Good Friday,

Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet, had great love and respect for his father. When his father died, Thomas expressed his deep grief in one of the best-known poems in the English language. Over and over again, speaking to his dead father, Dylan repeats these phrases …

Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage against the dying of the light.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage against the dying of the light.

Because, in these lines, death is the enemy, the poem has sometimes been labeled “unChristian.” But there is a particular sense in which the poem is very Christian. Thomas was outraged by his father’s death, and he expressed this…

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