Mourning man lies in own grave, and waits to die
PATNA, India (Reuters) - Hundreds of people are flocking to a remote village in eastern India to catch a glimpse of an old man who has spent six years lying inside his own grave waiting to die as he mourns for his wife, officials said.
Basanta Roy claims he is 103 and spends his day clearing weeds from the grave and lying in it. Belonging to a Hindu caste who bury their dead, Roy dug his grave close to his wife's after she died in the late 1990s.
"He cleans his grave every day and waits for his death, which seems to be eluding him," said Shyam Narayan Ram, a senior government official from Jharkhand state.
How sad this story is- a person literally waiting to die. Do you think Christians can "live" life in such a way?
A few passages of Scripture come immediately to my thoughts and help give proper perspective and encouragement when tempted to despair:
Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly.
John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.