Before Joseph died, he had one last “dream,” that his whole family would be brought out of Egypt, and they would reside in the Promised Land. In Joshua 24:32, we read when Joseph died the Israelites carried his body with them on their 40-year journey and was eventually buried in Shechem in a plot of ground that his father, Jacob, had purchased.
I’ve never seen a cemetery that I want to spend the rest of my “expired life” in. Some are in settings with hills, large oak trees shading the sites, and are lovely to look at, but I could never buy a plot for future use.
It used to be important for people to buy a cemetery plot which could “sleep” several members of the family. Most of my ancestors, including my father, are buried in a cemetery outside of Roland, Iowa. It is sobering to walk through it and think of the journey each of these people were on during their lives on Earth.
I don’t get hung up on what will happen to my body when I die. I am planning to donate my body to science, then to be cremated. Where my ashes will be placed is TBD—to be determined by my children.
Dear Father, thank you for taking our souls to Heaven and leaving the rest behind. Amen.