posted on Feb, 4 2012 @ 02:48 AM
Truly moving. Thank you for posting.
The poem touches on something all but removed from modern culture: wisdom.
I read this when a child, and have sought to live with it in view all my days:
"...youth and the prime of life are fleeting.
So remember your Creator in the days of your youth:
Before the days of adversity come,
and the years approach when you will say,
“I have no delight in them”;
before the sun and the light are darkened,
and the moon and the stars,
and the clouds return after the rain;
on the day when the guardians of the house tremble,
and the strong men stoop,
the women who grind cease because they are few,
and the ones who watch through the windows see dimly,
the doors at the street are shut
while the sound of the mill fades;
when one rises at the sound of a bird,
and all the daughters of song grow faint.
Also, they are afraid of heights and dangers on the road;
the almond tree blossoms,
the grasshopper loses its spring,
and the caper berry has no effect;
for man is headed to his eternal home,
and mourners will walk around in the street;
before the silver cord is snapped,
and the gold bowl is broken,
and the jar is shattered at the spring,
and the wheel is broken into the well;
and the dust returns to the earth as it once was,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it."
(Taken from the book of Ecclesiastes.) Take a second look; "women who grind" is not just a reference to ancient culture. Think toothy-pegs. And if
you slow down to consider each phrase, more will emerge...
When you live to gratify the body, its eventual deterioration will leave you with a feeling of futility, despite the fact you are the same precious
person inside. When you live to feed your soul and gratify your Maker, bodily deterioration and eventually its demise become of little consequence as
the soul begins to soar in expectation of its release from decay into realms of glory. For even if those who surround you perceive you as decrepit,
the One who will receive you loves you.