Between May 26th, 1828 and July 6th,1839, the Ladson family lost six of their children. They ranged in age, at death, from 10 months to 17 years, but most were lost in their first year and a few in the same year. Malaria and other diseases were likely the cause.
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I think of the heartache this family endured and I give thanks that our own children have had health and we have been blessed to see them grow and mature. But they are each His. A gift from Him. And I rest in that.
The inscription at the bottom reads...
Dedicated in early life
To the service of the Lord
We rest in faith, that through Him
They have obtained a more perfect inheritance.
I do believe that it was the faith of this family and their trust in His perfect will that brought them through these difficult times.
Though we do not face the hardships of the 1800's, sometimes I wonder if our complacency, our excellent medical care, our good food and all the things and comforts He provides for us today ...make us less faithful people. We have so little to complain about.
Just some thoughts today.
It was very interesting to visit this graveyard in Charleston. While there was lots of glamor and beauty in the pre civil war days, there was a lot of heartache and pain too.Have a blessed day.
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His mercies endure forever.