Last Meal


Three men, an Italian, a Frenchman, and a Spaniard, were condemned to be executed. Their captors told them they had the right to a final meal before their execution. They started with the Frenchman.

“Give me some French wine and French bread,” he requested.

So they gave it to him, he ate it, and then was put to death.

Next, it was the Italian’s turn. “Give me a plate of pasta,” he requested. They brought him his pasta, he ate it, and was then executed.

Finally, it was the Spaniard’s turn. “What would you like for your last meal?” he was asked. “I want a big plate of strawberries,” he said.

“Strawberries? Are you serious?” they responded.

“Yes, I want a plate of strawberries,” he insisted.

His executioners replied, “But strawberries aren’t even in season!”

“I know,” said the Spaniard. “I’m willing to wait.”

The Bible says, “It is appointed for a man to die, and then comes the judgment.” You can be certain of both. Eating strawberries may put things off a bit, but nothing can change the facts. You are going to die. The question is not whether you will die, but whether you will be ready. That’s something only you can answer. And God.

“The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to the God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).


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