Last weekend as we walked past this old South Louisiana cemetery, Joseph asked about the above ground graves. Being so close to sea level our underground dirt can shift. This is especially noticeable after catastrophic hurricanes. One solution in the past has been the use of mausoleums  which were also used for cultural reasons. Though less common now as more underground cement vaults are used we still found a few with recent dates. Many, however, were more than a century old. The sinking graves were clearly evident as we walked through the cemetery.  

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way 
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
Psalm 46:1-2
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  1. Oh, my! Being from the non-sea level parts of our nation, I did not realize this above-ground burial until a number of years ago when I did happen to be visiting and this was shared with me.

    One thing I always remember is that no matter where we are/were buried, we are in Heaven. That is all that counts for eternity; in the midst, does touch hearts here on earth.

    Your photos are touching, to say the least.

  2. Old cemeteries are an interesting and vivid picture of the fleeting nature of this precious life.

  3. Amen to a life without fear! www.toshowthemjesus.com

  4. How interesting!! I never heard of those before! What a wonderful verse to hold on to!!

  5. I'm stopping by from Jumping Tandem today.
    I find walking through cemeteries relaxing and peaceful.
    I truly love Sundays.

  6. Yes, Caryjo, and thank you.

  7. Such an interesting post, and that's one of my favorite scriptures! Love your site here, Jennifer! I so wish I had you around when we were still homeschooling ... and yes, I miss it terribly!! We finished up quite a few years back, and didn't have a computer until near the very end. So many great sources of information on the Internet these days! I still have slightly used curriculum I need to unload, too! Would you know where I could do that at online?
    I also want to thank you for that sweet comment over at my place! Happy homeschooling!! You have a blessed week! :)

  8. Dear Deborah, thanks so much for those sweet comments. The days do go fast. I'll e-mail you some ways we find used curriculum.

  9. Oh I have to say we 'my husband and I ' like to visit old cemetary's it is interesting and challenging to read the 'reason' why they died.


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