[Papercut Press] 2002-12-10 - Gravestone Epitaphs

Part 4

Genesis 3:19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread. Till you return to the ground, because from it your were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

This is the fourth installment of something I have been doing from time to time. They are devotional in nature only in that it is good for us to consider our mortality and to reflect upon the fact that one day we will stand before God. These epitaphs can also be instructive to us as these were the last messages these people wanted to leave to the world.

Sinner, seek the sinner's Friend,
Seek a Savior's love to know;
On this moment may depend
Endless bliss or endless woe.

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.

Broad is the way that to perdition tends,
Narrow the way in heav'nly bliss that ends;
Life is the point from which each course is trod,
Choose be the right, and thou shalt dwell with God.

"Weep not for me," the Savior said,
"But for yourselves, go, weep;"
"Weep not for us," repeat the dead,
Who in their Savior sleep.
"Weep for yourselves, who toil or play
"With hope of years to come,
"Forgetting that this passing day
"May fix your endless doom."

Few and evil are our days,
Short and vain our pleasures;
Seek from God, while life decays,
Never-failing treasures.

Soli Deo Gloria,

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