Some weaving of threads as only God can:
On one of our walks through the churchyard some time ago, I had mentioned to Rob that graves generally face east, towards the direction to which we look for Christ's return (see scripture below.)
John wasn't too sure it was right, but has been checking the graves out ever since! Rob chuckled this week as John finally conceded, "You know I think your sister is right, there are a few that don't, but most of them do."
Then John mentioned a grave just behind Martha's in the churchyard. Rob said he told him, "Oh, Belinda knows about Martha, I think she has a book about her."
I told Rob that I also knew the grave they were talking about. The man had been a lodger in Martha's house. The stone is particularly interesting because it looks as though it was placed yesterday, although it is over a hundred years old. It is also a very fine stone of red granite, for a man who was a bricklayer.
The stone was placed by "His fellow Shakespeareans," and Rob found the quote from Hamlet, based on Matthew 10:29 very meaningful.
Hamlet:....There is special providence in
the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to
come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come—the
readiness is all....
English Standard Version (ESV)
29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?[a] And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.)
Rob has mentioned several times, the final words from the Hamlet quote on the grave: "Readiness is all..."