Before the Silver Cord is Loosed #262

6  Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well. 7  Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it. 8  “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “All is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 12:6-8)

With the passing of years and the inevitable decline of body and mind, we all will finally slip the silver cord upon which our life hangs, and we die. How crucial it is, then, to remember your Creator in old age as well as in youth. The certainty and finality of death testifies to the vanity of life “under the sun”. If life on earth is all there is to being human, then we are left without hope and ultimately unfulfilled. When you live without God, “all is vanity”. But, a life lived with God fulfills your life’s purpose. Are you ready to die? That depends on how you live. “Fear God  and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all” (Eccl. 12:13).