Writing in Southern Living magazine, Jennifer Greer recounted a visit she made
to the old family cemetery in Nelson County, Kentucky. She had talked there
with her cousin who cared for the cemetery as a volunteer just as his father
and his uncle had done before him. But he was worried that the next generation
might not keep up this labor of love. He said, “The younger ones, they
don’t realize that a cemetery is a part of life. I guess it’s a part of life
they don’t want to hear about. One could substitute the word death for the word
cemetery. Dying is a part of living.” We know that, but we don’t want to hear
about it; we don’t want to think about it, and many don’t want to do anything
about it. When you consider what the earth would be like if no one died you
come to see that death is natural an proper. It is not something to be feared,
but it is something to think about, and something for which to be prepared.

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Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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