Thinking Out Loud

September 19, 2017

Sobering Stroll

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:13 am

Ruth wasn’t feeling like cooking last night so we grabbed our coupons and headed off to Subway®. We then walked to see what was being built at the other end of the retail complex, and then looking across the road I noticed a cemetery. I have bicycled through it when the kids were young, but I suggested we go for a short walk.

I think we’ve only done this on foot one other time. It’s not like a stroll in the park or a walk on the beach. I tend to talk loudly, but in this environment, I kept my voice lowered. Even carrying the beverage from the restaurant felt somewhat disrespectful. There are names on tombstones and each one is a story, some of them obviously quite tragic with the lives of both children and soldiers cut short.

I was reminded of Ecclesiastes 7:2: “Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies–so the living should take this to heart.” (NLT) Looking it up at BibleHub.com, the site offered a cross-reference for Psalm 90:12: “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” (NLT)

If you’ve been reading here this week you know we’ve found ourselves tracking with this, but my thoughts last night were broader than this one particular loss. At the same time, there was something peaceful about our walkabout; those buried there have left behind the pressures and trials of human existence, though as Christians we know that that they may be experiencing widely different afterlives.

While we stopped to read less than 2% of the grave markers there, only one that we saw hinted at a better promise, simply stating, “With Jesus.”

 

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