I love epilogues.
When you have a book well written, a story well ended, it’s like a person’s life. There can be—hopefully will be—an epilogue. And that epilogue can be far cooler than even the most remarkable part of the book, just like heaven is far more thrilling than the most gratifying, exciting time in your life here on earth.
With an epilogue, you give the reader a glimpse into what happened after the end of your story. You can wrap up loose ends, tie a bow on the entire package, and punctuate the reader’s emotions with an exclamation point.
At the end of my novel, The Crossing, about the Ku Klux Klan in a small Maine town, readers would want to know what happened to the missing King Kleagle of The Crossing’s klavern as well as my favorite character, world-renowned woodsman Jigger Jacques. The epilogue answers those questions and more.
In Chasing the Music, about the globe-trotting hunt for the music of the Psalms and introducing black-ops veteran Max Braxton and archaeologist Kat Cardova, jihadist leader Mumim Maloof was unaccounted for … until the spine-tingling epilogue.
The epilogue of The Three Sixes, a tale exposing terrorist cells in America, was told in the sobering headlines of newspapers in an airport bookstore.
The epilogue of Operation Jeremiah’s Jar, Max and Kat’s third adventure, was actually a postlude, finishing the prophet Jeremiah’s story that began with the book’s prelude. Try that one on for size.
The entire contemporary thriller, The Last Aliyah, is actually an epilogue to my 1860s Underground Railroad saga, True North: Tice’s Story.
And my favorite of all may be the epilogue of my upcoming end-times novel, Torn Asunder. Of course the decision is tough. Kind of like when I’d ask a golf course architect what was their favorite personal design and they’d answer without hesitation, “The next one.”
Well, everyone’s favorite epilogue should be the one Jesus performed at the end of His life here on earth.
In John 16:7-8 Jesus says, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away the Helper [Holy Spirit] will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
“And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.”
In Jesus’s epilogue, the Holy Spirit empowers all believers to work the miracles of Jesus and, He said, even greater works “because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12)
Now that is an epilogue for the ages. An epilogue in which we can all play a part. Just as others can play a part in our lives’ own epilogues when the time comes.
Yes, I do love epilogues.
But now I’m looking forward to the best epilogue ever — a Super-epilogue: His coming again.
And, dear friend, to learn of that you’ve got some reading to do.
My suggestions: Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21 and Revelation 2:17.
Talk about epilogues!