Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Jewels Are With God

For many years, my sister and I, in our travels through Lancaster County, passed a graveyard behind a country church, and this angel statue always caught our eyes.  On one trip, we decided to stop and walk through the cemetery and see if we could find out anything about the person who was buried in this spot.  In reading the engraving on the back side of the stone, we discovered it had been a young wife who died during childbirth.  She and her child are buried together.    Here are the engraved words (I will type them below the photo since they are difficult to read, even in the enlarged view):

In memory of One who during her stay on earth Was the centre of sincere and tender friendships; The Pride and Joy of a Beloved and Loving Husband, and an Ornament to the Church of Christ.  Suddenly called away, her Departure cast a gloom upon all who knew her; And desolated a bright and happy home.  Her presence made earth beautiful; Her absence brings Heaven near.  With her Babe, who quickly joined her, she waits for those who, while deeply deploring their loss, yet stive to say "THE WILL OF GOD BE DONE."

"The caskets are here ... The Jewels are with God"


Sarah February 28, 2010 at 2:12 PM  

Frances...I think that inscription is just about the most beautiful thing I have ever heard. The photos are incredible. I hope that I pass that way someday so I can see that little cemetery behind the church.

terri lokey February 28, 2010 at 4:13 PM  

beautiful pictures and words--i love that; "the jewels are with God"

Cheryl March 1, 2010 at 6:09 PM  

What a tribute to that young woman are those words on her tombstone!

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