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This is a picture of a tombstone
I found on the internet.
The inscriptions tells something
of the man buried here.
It reads:

"HE ACCOMPLISHED HIS DREAMS:
DENTIST * SAILOR * WINEMAKER"

After I read this, I had to wonder;
WHERE IS HE NOW?



I was walking through the cemetery where my Dad is buried one evening last week looking at some of the older tombstones and trying to read the inscriptions. Here are a few that I found.

"SHE WAS THE SUNSHINE OF OUR HOME."

"HER SPIRIT SMILES FROM THAT BRIGHT SHORE"
"AND SOFTLY WHISPERS, WEEP NO MORE."

"GOD GAVE, HE TOOK, HE WILL RESTORE:
HE DOETH ALL THINGS WELL."

(These two were side by side)
"A LOVING WIFE AND MOTHER DEAR LIES BURIED HERE."
"A LOVING HUSBAND AND FATHER DEAR WAS BURIED HERE."

(This little girl was only six years old.)
"DARLING WE MISS THEE."

(This one, only 11 months old, made me cry.)
"SLEEP IN PEACE MY SON,
MOTHER LOVES YOU."

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I was reading in Kings the other night and I noticed there was usually one comment at the end of each of the King's lives. Some of the things that were written about the kings were good, but most were bad! King Jehoshaphat's son, Jehoram, was so wicked he killed all his brothers after his father died and he bacame King. Chronicles 21:18 & 19 says that God smote him with a terrible bowel disease and when he died his people did not even mourn for him. But look at King Josiah; he was the Godliest king of Judah since David.

IIKings 23:25 "And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him."

II Chronicles 35:24 & 25 "And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah. And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the lamentations."


King Asa was the first saved king of Judah. He actually led Judah in a revival. But when he came down to the end of his life, I noticed in I Kings 15:23 it said he had a foot disease. I thought this was a strange thing to mention and wonder why so I looked at what Chronicles had to say about his death:

II Chronicles 16:12 "And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians."

All the good he had done, yet in the end the thing that was mentioned was that he didn't seek the Lord when he was sick! Makes you think!


All this made me start thinking about MY tombstone. I wonder what words my family will have put on it to describe the life they have seen me live. What will people say about me and the example I've been after I'm gone? We all laugh at the commercial of the cowboy in jail. The sheriff asks him what he wants on his Tombstone and then they bring him a pizza. But that question is one we should all ask ourselves. What kind of statement could be etched on your stone best describing the life you have lived? Would the statement you think your loved ones would order be the one you want? If you knew you were going to die in a month and had to make your own arrangements, what would you have them put on the stone?

We are each writing our own epitaph. What would yours say today? How can you change that for the better while you still have time?

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MY EPITAPH

As I walked through the cemetery,
I thought of souls gone on.
Some mourned by crowds when buried there,
And some who died alone.
But all these lives touched someone here,
And that thought did remind.
When I die and here I lie,
What will I leave behind?

What will my tombstone say of me?
What will be written there?
That I was faithful, good and true,
While living life down here?
Will loved ones say I will be missed,
But that I'm heaven bound?
What will be carved upon the stone,
And anchored in the ground?

By Meme ~ 2001

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[GOD BLESS]
I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK!

LOVE, MEME

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