Today’s selected Shakespeare word is providence.

The most famous usage of this word comes from Hamlet. “There’s special providence in the fall of a sparrow.” Interestingly enough, we understand what that means; [even if we’re not exactly sure what providence means].By definition it refers to something’s higher purpose, usually making reference back to God in some form. When Miranda asks Prospero, “How came we ashore?” He tells her, “By Providence Divine.” A semi-redundant clause; a modern day equivalent of that might be something like, “God was with us.” The thing I love most about this word is that it’s not biased to what has happened [good or bad] in the past or prudent to our own selfish desires, but commeddled with an understanding for the common good that all that happenx, triumphs and trials alike, was willed to be so by a force greater than ourselves.

In loving memory of Hamnet; January 30, 1585-August 8, 1596.

Shakespeare I’m sorry you had to die at the innocent age of only 11 years old, but know your spirit never died and neither did your father’s. This article is my Father’s day present to your dad. God Bless you, and may God Bless England and its allies.


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