The memory “game” is most interesting… especially when your children and grandchildren say: “Pop! You are getting old; which is the truth! However, the cobwebs of aging that flirts the brain makes me go searching for what I should have remembered.

Of one thing I am certain. When in college a few years back, someone called my attention to Ecclesiastes 12 and like every young preacher, I knew I was going to have fun preaching about “old age” in due time. I will get to the end of the chapter when I have repeated some of those old fashioned, yet true, statements.

Verse 1 says to: “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth” because the time will creep up on you and you will say: “I have no delight in them.” I should realize my eyes will age a bit and the sun, moon, and stars will become darkened and clouds return after the rain; then the watchmen of the house tremble (hands and knees) and men stoop ( the spine), the grinding ones stand idle because they are few (teeth), the windows (eyes) grow dim, the doors (hearing) either mixes up what is said or do not hear at all, in fact, it becomes hard to converse and you end up saying “What did you say?” Terrors on the road (fear) and then comes the “sound of the bird sings softly” (hearing), the “grasshopper drags himself along”, (It will not stop with the walking cane) the “golden bowl is crushed”, (the skull) and the pitcher by the well shattered.”

Finally, death takes its toll and the mourners arrive, we return to dust” (as man was initially) and the Spirit to God who gave it.

Look what we “old timers” look forward to… but with Christ as our Savior and Lord, we exit here and arrive there with no more prescriptions!

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