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Etched in Stone

The lives we lead dictate the impact we have in life and the memories others will have about us. It is sometimes humorous and sometimes fascinating what is told about a person’s habits (good and bad) once they are deceased.  Having visited cemeteries many times in my 48 years of pastoring, I have heard strange remarks in eulogies and read some truly humorous epitaphs on grace stones.  These are some grave stone etchings that I found and wanted to share…..

Grim death took me without any warning

I was well at night and died in the morning.

Some have children, some have none;

Here lies the mother of twenty-one.  Here lies Ann Mann;

She lived an old Maid and she died an old Mann.

William Hahn, Jr.

1905-1980

“I told you I was sick”

 “3.14159265358979323846264338327950”

Ludolph van Ceulen, a Dutch mathematician who died in 1610 at the age 70, was the first person to determine the value of Pi to 35 digits. He wanted the numbers to be engraved on his gravestone.   (Copied).

Each of us will leave a legacy. What do you want for your family and friends to remember about your life, your priorities, and your faith?  If your life was pleasing to God, then your priority was to please Him as you walked by faith daily.  

Consider these words from Paul, the Apostle….  He was writing to Timothy, his son in the ministry to encourage him in the faith.  As a young pastor, Timothy needed guidance and courage.  Paul knew that Timothy could use a boost to strengthen his faith in Christ.  In his second letter to Timothy, he writes to exhort as well as to give the summation of his life as an Apostle. 2 Timothy 4:3-8 is a clear word to Timothy to stay true to preaching the veracity of Scripture in a perverse generation.  Verse 6-7 below could have served as Paul’s epitaph very well….

The time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.