Thursday, October 20, 2011

Crown of life

The gravestone for John Griffith (d. 1860) leaves no doubt about the interpretation of its crown:

BE THOU FAITHFUL
UNTO DEATH
AND I WILL
GIVE THEE
A CROWN OF LIFE

REV 2:10

The Bible verse is carved on a decorative medallion that rests on a Bible.


The crown is draped casually with what may represent the shroud left behind when the Mr. Griffiths’s soul left his body.



JOHN GRIFFITH DIED AUG. 9
1860, AGED 52 Yyr. 8 Mo. & 21 Dys.

DEAREST BROTHER, THOU HAST LEFT US
HERE THY LOSS WE DEEPLY FEEL
BUT THY GOD THAT HATH BEREFT US
HE CAN ALL OUR SORROW HEAL

Radnor Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio

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