- In old age, your body no longer serves you so well. Check.
- Muscles slacken, grip weakens, joints stiffen. Check.
- The shades are pulled down on the world. Check.
- You can’t come and go at will. Check.
- Things grind to a halt. Check.
- The hum of the household fades away. Check.
- You are wakened now by bird-song. Check.
- Hikes to the mountains are a thing of the past. Check.
- Even a stroll down the road has its terrors. Check.
- Your hair turns apple-blossom white. Check.
- Adorns a fragile and impotent matchstick body. Check.
- Yes, you’re well on your way to eternal rest. Check.
- While your friends make plans for your funeral. Check. (From Ecclesiastes 12:3-5, MSG)
But on the other hand…
My yearning desire is to depart (to be free of this world, to set forth) and be with Christ, for that is far, far better; but to remain in my body is more needful and essential for your sake. (Philippians 1:23-24, AMP)
Prayer – Lord, give us the courage to remain, no matter our personal conditions, so that we can help others. Amen.