Ray is PCC’s Senior Pastor.
Every New Year’s Eve or thereabouts, the local newspaper lists names of some of the famous people who died during the previous twelve months. Brief epitaphs describing their lives and accomplishments follow. Maybe I’m weird, but I like reading through these summaries. They indicate what these men and women are most remembered for by the community. Well, I just came across some other epitaphs that didn’t make the local paper, but they are real. . .and funny. They are found on headstones around the country.
Here lies the body of our Anna
Done to death by a banana
It wasn’t the fruit that laid her low
But the skin of the thing that made her go.
[Anna Hopewell’s grave in Enosburg Falls, Vermont]
Here lies an Atheist
All dressed up, and no place to go.
[In a Thurmont, Maryland cemetery]
Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake,
Stepped on the gas instead of the brake.
[Gravestone near Uniontown, Pennsylvania]
Peas is not here,
Only the pod.
Peas shelled out,
Went home to God.
[Solomon Peas, Wetumpka, Alabama]
How do you want to be remembered? Keep in mind, our current choices in life will determine our future epitaph. I’m okay with mine being funny, but I’d also like it to reflect a life lived in service to God.
Do you know that Scripture records an epitaph for David? In Acts, Paul talks about David’s life and this is what he says, “For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed. But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.” [Acts 13:36]
I hope that someday it will be said of me, “Ray served God’s purpose in his own generation.”