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The other day my wife and kids came across a peculiar head stone. Some other kids who were around got spooked and thought it was the burial place of some witch. I got interested and decided to go and look for this unusual head stone. I have had to wait a couple of days for the snow to settle down and climb up the hill -and go exploring Pitsea Mount.
This family head stone is found on Pitsea Mount in Basildon just a yard or so behind St. Michael’s church tower. St. Michael’s church was built in the 13th century but later fell into ruin and only the church tower remains to this day. The inscription reads:
Born: 30th March 1837
Died: 20th March 1879
HERE LIES A WEAK AND SINFUL WORM
THE VILEST OF HER RACE.
SAVED THROUGH GOD’S ELECTING LOVE,
HIS FREE AND SOVEREIGN GRACE
Apparently this inscription has intrigued people over the years. The family head stone belongs to a husband, wife and two daughters. Not much is written against the names of the other family members except on the side belonging to Ann Freeman.
The truth is we are all born vile and helplessly sinful. This curse of sin is what we all inherited from our first parents. Sadly we are all destined to die as helpless worms deserving of the grimiest of punishments for transgressing and breaking the laws of a trice Holy God unless God by grace alone awakens you and causes you to repent and put your trust in Christ. Did Ann Freeman come to know the love of God in sending Christ to die for her sins on the cross? Did her husband and daughters come to repentance too? I wish I knew the answers to these questions.
So much truth scribbled on to a headstone. God through His love and grace does have mercy on vile worms…