On our trip to South Carolina a few weeks ago, we visited the Chapel of Ease, built circa 1740 as a place of worship for planters on St. Helena Island who lived too far to participate regularly in services at the parish church in Beaufort.
On the grounds stands a mausoleum where some members of the Fripp family were laid to rest. This place of ruins, tombs and crumbling tabby walls quieted us.
Some say the grounds are restless.
Murmured stories contribute as much to the atmosphere as long strands of Spanish moss wafting from tree branches.
The dilapidated iron fence and the chapel itself reinforce a sense of loss.
I lingered at the stones lying near the mausoleum—one slab told the story of “an affectionate companion, a fond parent, and a sincere friend.”
I made out only snippets, but they were enough to tell me something about the woman buried somewhere on the grounds, whether in the mausoleum or under the slab itself:
“By the mercy of God, brought to a saving knowledge of the truth, she was in…accumulated sufferings, enabled to…a lively faith in Christ as her only Savior, which resulted in the fullest experience…truth of his promises, inducing her…resign..her earthly prospects…glorious hope of a blessing…immortality.”
A lively faith in Christ as her only Savior, which resulted in the fullest experience of the truth of his promises.
I left pondering the heart of this testimony etched in stone; though cracked, the essence of its message has survived since the 1800s.
What a joy and honor to be known on this earth for “a lively faith in Christ.”
Miles removed from this sun-dappled spot, I still feel peace and hope that chases off any sense of restless, unsettled, unfinished business. And I delight in the inspiration of this woman’s “lively faith in Christ.”
I don’t know exactly what “a lively faith” might look like in me, but I can tell you I’m eager to know my only Savior more intimately and express my faith in Him more actively every day through study, prayer, and action.
Can you describe someone you know who exhibits a “lively faith in Christ”?