Many years ago, a friend and I took a day trip to Colonial Williamsburg. While there, we found this gravestone at Burton Parish Cemetery for one Ann Burges, wife of Rev. Henry John Burges, who died on Christmas day while giving birth to their daughter, who is buried with Ann. Despite the pain of being faced with such tragedy, Henry was able to compose this beautiful epitaph displaying his sure confidence in the promise of resurrection according to the Gospel, the good news about Jesus the Christ.
I love seeing such assurance as it emboldens us to continue our mission to share the message of Christ’s victory over sin, Satan and death, his peace-giving appeasement of God’s just wrath and judgement against us who have rebelled against him, and the forgiveness and new life these we can now enjoy by following Jesus.