Grey Hairs, Fewer Teeth, Yet a Big Smile

Artwork for Living on the Ragged Edge: Coming to Terms with Reality

This ancient journal has taken us from the energetic vitality of youth, through the disillusionment and cynicism of middle age, and now right up to the grave. We have entered into the writer’s struggles, we have felt the sting of his frustrations, we have nodded in agreement with many of his cries of exasperation, and now we sigh alongside Solomon as he describes the reality of growing older. But let’s not miss his point! Solomon stated his thesis at the beginning (Ecclesiastes 12:1) and at the end (12:6) of this very eloquent paragraph. Because all of us will “return to the earth” and because our spirit “will return to God who gave it” (12:7), now is the time to “remember Him” in all our ways.