“Those of the Elven-race that lived still in Middle-earth waned and faded, and Men usurped the sunlight. Then the Quendi wandered in the lonely places of the great lands and the isles, and took to the moonlight and the starlight, and to the woods and caves, becoming as shadows and memories, save those who ever and anon set sail into the West and vanished from Middle-earth.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

(faded grave marker, Colonial Cemetary, Savannah, Georgia / Julie Cook / 2018)

And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave.
But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

Dear children, the last hour is here.
You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared.
From this we know that the last hour has come.
These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us;
otherwise they would have stayed with us.
When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.
But you are not like that,
for the Holy One has given you his Spirit, and all of you know the truth.
So I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth but because you know
the difference between truth and lies.
And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ.
Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist.
Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either.
But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning.
If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father.
And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.
I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray.
But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you,
so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you
everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie.
So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.

1 John 2:17-27

These four grave markers are but a few of the hundreds of markers that are scattered
throughout the Colonial Cemetary in the heart of Savannah, Georgia.
Graves of the famous and not so famous.
From signers of the Declaration of Independence to Revolutionary and Confederate
Generals to Yellow fever victims.

Names, dates and any semblance of recognition are all but gone.
Families who once came to linger and to mourn…come no more.

Faded markers that are the testament that our lives on this earth are but
fleeting whisps floating on the winds of time…

And yet it is our souls that are woven into the fabric of the Creator…
Whereas we may no longer be known to man, we are forever linked to
a gracious and redeeming Father…a Father who has bound us to His only begotten Son,
Jesus Christ.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

10 comments on “fading

  1. oneta hayes says:

    “Where the soul never dies” A song I used to sing long ago. Our hope through Jesus Christ.

  2. hatrack4 says:

    The yellow fever , scarlet fever, etc. gravestones cause you to pause. You go through a cemetery and find 5 or 6 members of the same family who died within a week or two of each other. Then a quick trip to the local historian can reveal what epidemic claimed the entire family.

    I have seen some old gravestones restored, but those terribly eroded may be gone forever.

    • that’s a fascinating bit of historical sluthig Mark!
      My great great great grandfather was a ship trader who had moved his family to Savannah from Rhode Island in the 1700’s but when the Yellow fever epidemic broke out…they moved to a tiny town in middle Georgia where my grandmother was eventually born and raised.
      I love wandering through such old cemeteries as there are just so many stories.

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    There is something eerily beautiful in grave stones. I imagine that the span of a person’s life is just an accumulation of numbers, but thinking about what lies ahead is a number which surpasses infinity. Wouldn’t it be nice if the date of our rebirth was shown on those markers? AD INFINITUM

  4. Bill Sweeney says:

    Such a great post. This life is so short.

    • thank you Bill…life is short but I think those of us in Western Civilization tend to
      think of our lives as invincible…as we are the be all to end all—a stoll through such an old cemetary is a healthy reminder that those who were once “the keepers of the planet” as it were are quickly, with the passage of time, forgotten .
      Yet for believers of Christ our real life, rests in His resurrection!
      I hope you and your wife are doing well.
      I’ve been keeping ya’ll in my prayers since “meeting” you here in the WP family of the faithful.

  5. Dawn Marie says:

    Hauntingly beautiful.

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