2003-03-03 - Gravestone Epitaphs
Genesis 3:19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are
dust, and to dust you shall return.
From time to time, I think this is the fifth time I have done this, I share
some Epitaphs from gravestones. Years ago people would put a message on their
gravestone as a last comment to make them think about their lives and more
importantly their relationship with God and eternity. Here is a fresh batch
"Empty joys! -- a narrow span!
Such the life of mortal man,
If his sins be not forgiven --
But there is in Christ a pow'r
To relieve a dying hour,
And to raise the soul to heaven.
On the gravestone of an old man:
"Disease, and toil, and sorrow, mark life's bound,
While threescore years and ten complete the round;
Happy are they, who, in the spring of youth,
From wisdom learn to search the page of truth --
True, sometimes late, at the eleventh hour,
God's mercy has display'd its wondrous pow'r,
But O! the last call, if you dare despise,
Where will your soul be, when your body dies!"
"Sinner! reflect -- the hour draws near,
When, at the Archangel's call,
The dead shall rise, and then appear
Before the judge of all."
On the gravestone of a deceased pastor:
"At Stephen's burial his dear brethren wept,
Though certain, death would be his heav'nly gain,
So for our Pastor, who in Jesus slept,
To grieve, can Christian gratitude refrain?
Faithful and zealous in his Master's trust,
Truth, love, and patience, mark'd him, to the end:
E'en they who scorn's him, reverence his dust;
Can they who lov'd him, cease to mourn their Friend?
When the last trump shall summon all the dead
Around the throne, their sentence to reveal,
May many a soul, by his instruction fed,
Be see, his joy, his glory, and his seal!"
Soli Deo Gloria,