Tuesday, September 10, 2013
We brought nothing into this world and it is certain that we will take nothing out—but some people give it a good try.
Yesterday I visited Ginny’s grave. I visit about once a week. I’m not sure if I visit to honor her memory or just to mull over things about my own remaining life in a quiet peaceful place.
While at the cemetery I reflected on what a wonderful legacy Ginny left to me.
Afterwards I ate lunch at Sonny’s BBQ where I bumped into Debbie, a lady who worked in Ginny’s office. She and her husband were there after running around all day taking care of grandchildren. She told me how much Ginny was missed in the workplace, and how highly people there regarded my wife, and how Ginny bettered the lives of so many poor people.
I enjoyed my own lunch at another table and when I finished the waitress said that the couple I’d been talking with before they left the restaurant had paid for my lunch too.
Ginny left a good impression and good memories with virtually everyone she met and with many people she had never met. The only jewelry buried with her ashes was her stainless steel MedicAlert bracelet with her name engraved on it.
Not everyone gets buried that simply.
In churches across Europe, art historian Paul Koudounaris hunted down 400-year-old jewel-encrusted skeletons—important people who tried to take it with them.
Koudounaris has written a book about finding these Medieval, jewel-encrusted skeletons; more of his photos can be found at:
When I was younger and a member of an archeology society, I uncovered many skeletons here in Northeast Florida. Here’s a photo I snapped with my Brownie camera in 1955; it shows the first flexed burial I helped excavate:
This man died about the same time as those jeweled people in Europe. He was buried with no beads, no arrowheads, no pottery, yet today he stands in the grace and love of God as tall as the jeweled dead in the other photos.
Someone wise said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, … For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.
So, once there was this tv reporter who asked the wife of a billionaire who had died, “How much did he leave”?
She said, “He left it all”.