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Picture of the day - October 10, 2006

A Gloomy Day At Knoll Kregg Cemetery

Knoll Kregg Cemetery in Abingdon, Virginia.
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The other day, Cheria and I were driving through the historic town of Abingdon, Virginia when we passed Knoll Kregg Cemetery. I have driven past this cemetery numerous times in the past, but something about the way it looked that day really got me to thinking. The sky was dark and gloomy and a chilly wind was scattering the autumn leaves among the graves, making this normally peaceful place look much like a scene right out of a late-night horror flick.

We pulled into the parking lot across the road, and while Cheria walked into one of the stores there I grabbed my camera and tripod and crossed the busy street to take a picture of the gloomy scene. I snapped off a few shots, then returned to the car, stowed my gear, and walked into the store to join Cheria.

As we walked through the aisles checking out the incredible deals that only a "Dollar Store" could offer, my mind returned to the dark skies hovering over Knoll Kregg Cemetery. It occurred to me that the wind had been blowing at virtually every graveside service that I have ever attended, and I have rarely even walked through a graveyard - even on the sunniest of days - when there wasn't at least a slight wind blowing.

A visit to a graveyard has always been a moving experience for me. It is quite sad for me to stand at the foot of a loved one's grave and realize that as long as I live I'll never see him or her smile again, tell another joke or pick another song on his guitar. I also realize that one day my own body will be laid to rest, never again to enjoy the pleasures of this wonderful earth that God has so graciously allowed me to inhabit for some four and a half decades so far.

If death and burial in a cold, dark grave were the end of the story, life would be bleak indeed - but it isn't! As a Christian saved by the grace of God and the sacrifice of His beloved Son, I can look forward to a day when I'll once again be able to enjoy the company of my dad, my grandparents and all of my other loved ones who have gone on before me.

In Jesus, there is hope and a promise of a life better than anything we can even imagine here on earth, and the best part of it all is it will never end! After I have departed this life, I will be in the presence of the Lord and my departed loved ones in an instant. Time will have no meaning, and for a literal eternity I'll live in a place where there are no tears, no pain, no disease and no death. All will be peace and joy...

And you can be there too! Once you have accepted Jesus as your personal Saviour, you'll never again need to fear going to your earthly grave, and the doom and gloom of a cemetery will never again cause your heart to quicken with fear and dread of the inevitable.
"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."
     - 2 Corinthians 5:8

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
     - John 3:16

"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
     - Acts 16:31

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
     - Romans 10:9

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