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Pause, Stranger, When You Pass Me By

An Indiana cemetery has a tombstone. more than one hundred years old, with the following epitaph:

Pause, strange, when you pass me by:

As you are now, so once was I.

As I am now, so you will be.

So prepare for death and follow me.

An unknown passerby scratched these words on the tombstone:

To follow you I’m not content,

Until I know which way you went.

Can we really know in advance where we’re going when we die? The apostle John, the same one who wrote about the new heavens and New Earth, said in one of his letters, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13, emphasis added).

This excerpt is from Heaven, by Randy Alcorn.


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