Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

Have you noticed the sense of peace you get when visiting a cemetery? Is it because everyone here is resting?

How about the names given to the burial places where our loved ones rest?  Some certainly do not give a hint of peace…names like boneyard, necropolis, city or village of the dead and graveyards, brings to mind anything but peace. But if you change the names to churchyard, God’s acre or potter’s field, the resting place sounds more a peaceful again.

My youngest son commented how peaceful our hometown, potter’s field, felt as we walked through it and he took a few–no, make that oodles of photos of tombstones, unusual grave decorations and several of this beautiful lady …

Anima eius et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum per Dei misericordiam requiescant in pace…

is the Latin prayer said at the end of a burial service and translates to…

RIP...the short epitaph for REST IN PEACE.

May his/her soul and the souls of all the departed faithful by God’s mercy rest in peace. Amen.

Let us remember those resting in peace but more importantly, let us continue to live in the giving spirit so when our work is complete, we can find our own resting place in God’s acre filled with abundant peace from above.

Inspiration: Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

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37 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

    • Sunshine says:

      Yes, it was very peaceful walking and stumbling upon these graveside figures. They seemed like the guardians of the place. Thanks for the chat and your wrecked train entry was a very chilly peace~very creative! 🙂

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    • Sunshine says:

      Yes, it surprised me when he casually mentioned the peace he felt. Hummn, maybe he’s maturing and growing some sense…ya think? Thanks for staying and chatting~sure do appreciate it! 🙂

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    • Sunshine says:

      I know right? I love when the sun rushes into the pictures like that…I can almost hear, “wait, wait, don’t shoot until I get my rays in the photo!” Sun rays can be so pushy at times… 🙂

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    • Sunshine says:

      I used to feel the same way about “boneyards” (what a word picture) but recently, my feelings have turned more accepting especially when we run into soldiers who recently passed away serving our country over in the middle east. Actually, some crematoriums are like palaces and what an honor to be resting in one. 🙂

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  1. the island traveler says:

    I used to be scared of cemeteries but now I realized it’s one beautiful place that we all one day can find a sense of peace…an eternal peace. Death is a beginning of endless calmness and happiness that never runs dry.Beautiful photos and narration.Thanks for today’s wonderful inspiration.

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  2. Anne Schilde says:

    I actually love the peaceful feeling in cemeteries. And I think cemetery itself is a peaceful word. Writing gives us the opportunity to change how the world sees things through the way we use our words. The world was wrapped in a blanket of snow, snuggling in grave contentment. Why wouldn’t grave mean peaceful? Cool thoughts, Sunshine. Dona eis requiem.

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