There is something about the history and timelessness encapsulated in a cemetery that gives a whole new dimension and perspective of the town or place we are in.
It is fun to just walk through and admire, but often we have competitions to see who can find the oldest grave...gotta love the little things...Have I proven how strange my family and I are yet? :)
The other day I was watching a movie titled "The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry," a nice film, that at one point led me to a sort of "ah-ha" moment for why I love wandering through cemeteries.
The lead actor talked about how in Ecclesiastes 7 it is written that it is "better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men; and the living will take it to heart."
Walking through and sitting in a cemetery makes us think about our own life, death, and eternity.
Everyone you know, that you have ever met, every person that you like or dislike...one day they will die. They will either go to heaven, or sadly to hell. There is no in-between, no second chance, and no one can escape this fate.
Something interesting to think about, right? I sure think so. For me, thinking about this lends a unique perspective on interactions with people, and decisions I make. I am going to die some day, just like you. What am I going to do between then and now that will have purpose and meaning (and what is "purpose" or "meaning"?)--even if people don't notice--so that I can live a full life without regrets? ... Kinda a loaded question...one of many questions that each day could use an answer...