Gerry Almond (23
"Resurrection of those in
I wonder many things. Among these is whether the dead
in Christ have been rising over the years. The reason for this is
a situation that occurred in 1992. In the spring of that year, in
Illinois and Missouri, where the Mississippi River courses down through
the countryside separating the two states, is a little town called St.
Genevieve. It is a very old town and is on the Missouri side of
There is an old church on the banks of the river at St. Genevieve, a
Church of Christ as I remember. Many of the passed away are
buried in the cemetery which is the yard of the church. The
church historian is a nice lady who is the 3rd generation of historians
for the church. As part of her duties, she keeps the records of
who is buried where and of course their names and when they were
The great Mississippi flooded in the spring of 1992. It washed 20
caskets out of that cemetery as a result. These caskets were
metal and all were sealed. They floated down the river toward
Chester, Illinois, which is on the Illinois side of the river. In
front of Menard State Penitentiary the river widens and becomes
relatively calm. It was there that frogmen recovered the floating
caskets, loaded them on trucks and returned them to St.
Genevieve. (How they knew where to take them, I do not know).
The caskets were lined up on a dock built for that purpose at the
church cemetery. The caskets were not numbered but the area from
which they came was stamped on the side. In order to identify the
bodies, the lids needed to be opened. This was done.
Now the interesting part. This was reported on CNN Headline News
that when the lids were opened on 20 caskets retrieved from the river,
only 15 had bodies in them. Five were empty, clothing and all
were gone. The bodies could not have fallen out, since the caskets were
sealed and were watertight, which allowed them to float. THE FIVE
EMPTY CASKETS WERE THE FIRST FIVE PASTORS OF THE CHURCH. None of
the 15 were pastors, but rather laymen.
When questioned, the church historian said that "there were bodies in
those caskets attested to by members of her family and a couple of
which she personally knew about. She was startled to say the
least. The news ran twice and suddenly there was no more mention
of the incident. I never saw a follow-up either.
So, what did it mean? I certainly wondered at the time I heard
the report on CNN. What do you think, assuming this is a true