2002-01-22 - Epitaphs
Genesis 25:8 And Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life; and he was gathered to his people.
From time to time I like to change things around in these devotionals just to keep it interesting. As many of you know, I like the older writers, and while what I intend to present today is from a book only 200 years old, it is still interesting. I have actually been looking for this book to present this to you for over a year. I finally found it buried in my library.
If you know anything about old time preachers you know that they always urged their congregations to consider their mortality. The phrase, "I don't know if I will see some of you next week," was common in sermons 200-400 years ago. The idea being that we never know when we might meet the Lord.
Our next breath could be our last. So today, I present some old time gravestone
epitaphs to you. I have a lot of them (43), so I might do this again some
time. In the end, I hope that the wisdom from these real gravestones will
cause you to pause and remember your own mortality while being mindful that
only those things that are done for Christ will last. We really can't take
it with us. Here are a few: (notice the poetic nature of them)
"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?' So is the man wholays up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God," Luke 12:20,21.
Soli Deo Gloria,