John 20:1-9 or 41: or Luke 24:1-12
An American writer and his wife spent a year in England during which time they visited a great many Churches, large and small. They especially liked walking slowly through the old burial grounds reading the inscriptions on tombstones. “All of them were sincere and many deeply touching,” he said, “but I was amazed at how many managed to avoid the plain word ‘died.’ Here are some of the words and phrases used instead”:
_LEFT THIS LIFE
_DEPARTED THIS LIFE
_FOREVER AT REST
_TAKEN BY THE HAND THAT IS DIVINE
_ENTERED INTO REST
_PASSED TO A FULLER LIFE
_TAKEN TO HIS HOLY HOME
_MET AGAIN ON THAT BEAUTIFUL SHORE
_HOME WITH JESUS
_JESUS CALLED HER AWAY1
The humanist, Isaac Asimov, tells the story of a fire-and-brimstone preacher looking down sternly at the worshippers gathered in the pews and saying, “What a fearful thought it is that every member of…
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