the grave

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Word: “There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’: the grave, the barren womb, dry ground in need of rain, and a fire that burns out of control.” (Proverbs 30:15b-16)

Wonder: Death is ever busy, and is not biased. None of us will get out of here alive with skin on. So, the burning question none of us can ever ask ourselves too often is not “How long will I live?,”  but “Am I living for God?”

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2 thoughts on “the grave

  1. There are a few things I notice about this post. 1.) The picture of the two hands on the stone I think must be the hand of Jesus welcoming the deceased into his heavenly home. I like that picture. 2.) The scripture mentions 3 things that are never satisfied and 4 things that never say “Enough!”. So is the scripture saying that the “grave” is satisfied? I don’t suppose the dry ground is satisfied or a fire out of control and certainly not a barren womb, therefore I’m left to consider if the grave is the one that is satisfied. All four things mentioned will never say “Enough!” according to the verse. Again, that leaves me to ponder that even though the grave is satisfied, it will never cry “Enough!”. The grave will never have enough of human death. We really can’t escape the grave, while satisfied for a while, because it will never say “Enough!”.
    For me, the scripture is more a challenge to accept the inevitable. I will die. My dead body will satisfy the grave, but it will never have enough. So we all must die, that is, our physical bodies will die. That doesn’t mean we won’t live again. Jesus extends His hand, pulling our souls from the grave to be with Him in heaven on that day. How we live for God is all about the grave, isn’t it? It is all about the day we meet Jesus hand to hand. That’s a thought I can embrace.

  2. I always appreciate your ponderings and comments, Mary Lou. Two notes. First, about the clasped hands symbol. I’ve found that particular symbol to be not at all uncommon on gravestones from the 1800’s. Symbols come and go, and I rarely see this one anymore. It’s always been one of my favorites. Second, the individual in this grave, A.S. Gillette, was a son of Henry F. Gillette. H.F. was a close friend of Ashbel Smith (yes, “the” Ashbel Smith). H.F., for a number of years, directed the Baytown Orphanage for children of Confederate veterans that was located across the highway from MoSt Church. H.F. named his son, A.S., after Ashbel Smith. A.S. served – at a very young age! – in one of the Confederacy’s most famous cavalry units, Terry’s Texas Ranger’s (CSA, 8th TX Cav.), only to be murdered shortly after the war in the community then known as Cedar Bayou. The circumstances of his demise I know nothing about. His grave is located in the Cedar Bayou Methodist Cemetery here in Baytown (about 17 yards E of the center of the E edge of the S church parking lot, to be exact).

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