Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, May, 2017

posted May 3, 2017, 7:25 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated May 3, 2017, 7:25 AM ]

Remember the Good Times

 

I associate the month of May with Memorial Day, and visiting the local cemetery where many deceased members of our family are buried. Memorial Day, by the way, will be observed this year on 5/29/17, and coincidentally, as it turns out, May 29 just happens to be the wedding anniversary of Anne and me as well. But I digress.

 

What I'm intending to reference this month are certain poignant epitaphs and interesting tombstone verses, some things said about those who are deceased, that run quite a gamut from serious to humorous. Take for example the following one for Lester Moore at Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona:

 

HERE LIES LESTER MOORE – FOUR SLUGS FROM A 44

NO LES – NO MORE

 

Or this grave marker from Uniontown, Pennsylvania:

 

HERE LIES THE BODY OF JONATHAN BLAKE

STEPPED ON THE GAS INSTEAD OF THE BRAKE

 

Sometimes these “last words” reveal more than the deceased may have wanted, like this one:

 

HERE LIES A FELLOW WHO LIVED FOR HIMSELF AND CARED FOR NOTHING  BUT GATHERING PELF NOW WHERE HE IS OR HOW HE FARES NOBODY KNOWS AND NOBODY CARES

 

These posthumous writings sometimes summarize a life. If accurate, they can point the reader to that which was most important to the deceased. Did this person enjoy life? Was he or she cared for by anyone? Did she make a difference? Did he leave a legacy?

 

When you die, how will you be remembered? One person wished to have these words put on his tombstone: “Dear God, Thanks for letting me visit. I had a wonderful time.”

Admittedly, not every day is a wonderful day. But in looking back over one's life, the good and bad, the difficult and fun and exciting and dreadful, it would be nice to be able to say in summary: I did have a wonderful time. There were friends and family; there were failures and even disasters, but there was also plenty of fun. And through it all, there was important work to do. When it’s finally over, it’s nice to be able to honestly say: "I had a wonderful time."

 

So make sure you appreciate today and tomorrow, knowing that if you can look back on most days as being somehow worthwhile, and often times even enjoyable, you have been truly blessed. You can be sure that if you find a way to appreciate every day as a heavenly gift, you will be able to say in all sincerity, “I had a really wonderful time.” 

 

You can't really ask for more than that. Thank the good Lord for the good memories. And remember it is in losing one’s life in service that we truly find it.

 

Pastor George Weaver

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