By Jim Bassett
Mrs. Frances Hiller of Wilmington, Massachusetts, passed
away in the spring of 1900. Mrs. Hiller was not known for
the substance of her life, but for the dreams of her death.
She bought a $30,000 carved coffin, placed it in her parlor,
and frequently climbed into it to show visitors just how
glorious she would appear. After tiring of that in-and-out
process, she placed a wax dummy in the ornate box and
dressed it in her $20,000 funeral robe. Thirty-five years
after her death, the gaudy Hiller mausoleum, which included
an identical coffin containing her husband, was seen as an
eyesore and destroyed.
The reason folks are so preoccupied with their burial status
is usually due to their lack of belief in God's Word. For
Christians, there are these comforting words: 'Now we know
that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a
building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by
human hands' (2 Cor. 5:1).
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