“When God makes his visitation, make sure you take my [Joseph] bones with you as you leave here.” Genesis 50:25
Joseph wanted his brothers to take his bones with them when they left Egypt. Burying the body was a sacred event in their culture. I’ve never liked going to the cemetery to visit loved ones and prefer to think of my grandparents, father, and other ones I cared about, as being freed from their earthly body and residing in the heavenly home with no granite markers.
My husband and I have talked about the end of our life cycle on Earth and agree that we will be cremated. (Personally, I have never found a cemetery in which I would like to reside.) We are both eligible to be buried in a National Cemetery, but if our kids prefer, they can bury our ashes in a biodegradable urn in the desert, make diamonds from carbon captured during cremation, or just put them in a non-breakable urn and take them wherever they go. I really won’t care. Afterall, I will spend far more time with God than I will on Earth.
Dear Lord, help us look at life on Earth as temporary and prepare for the future. Amen.