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Dash on the Tombstone
by Joy Bach 
06/07/08
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“There’ll be two dates on your tombstone,
and all your friends will read ‘em.
But all that’s gonna matter is…….
That little dash between ‘em”.

A few years ago, I stood at my father’s grave for the first time. There, engraved in stone was: “G. VIRGIL VAIL – July 25, 1891 (dash) December 6, 1942”. According to those dates, my father was 51 years old when he died. That little dash represents 51 years of my father’s life.

Everyone reading this already has the date of their birth. We are all now working on the "dash". What are you doing with yours?

Think about some of the greatest blessings you currently have in your life.

Your home

Your peace of mind

Your health

Sharing a porch swing on a summer evening with your grandchild

Seeing your wife’s face in the glow of a candle

Putting your arm into your husband’s as you stroll through the golden leaves and breathe the brisk autumn air

Listening to your six-year-old thank God for everything from goldfish to Grandma

An early morning coffee while everyone is asleep

Sitting at the Thanksgiving table or near a Christmas tree

Tears in your eyes during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

You have hands, feet, eyes and ears
You know how to read and write
You live in America
You are relatively sane

Exactly how are you measuring your life?

Remember, life is the little dash on the tombstone.

How is your “dash” doing?



If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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