Ecclesiastes is written in a poetic style. It gives us a combination of wit and wisdom. The last chapters convey thoughts on being young and then growing old. They tell us to be happy while we are young (Eccl. 11:9a) and to remember our Creator in the days of our youth (Eccl. 12:1a).
As we read on in this chapter, the picture being painted here of an old person is almost amusing: weakness, failing eyesight, loss of hearing and other weaknesses are described in vivid imagery. Old age can indeed be a hard, lonely time in our lives. It is really no laughing matter. I can relate to this for I’m climbing up the ladder myself.
As I write this, it is snowing hard outside. Snow can be a burden for everyone, but for old people, it is a real trial. As I look out my window, I see two young neighbor men shoveling out our driveway and our next door neighbor doing our front walk. Ecclesiastes reminds us to serve God while we are young, and doing things for others is one way of serving God. Nevertheless, whatever our age, we can serve as unto the Lord, and old age can be beautiful when we serve Him. No one is too old to do something which will be a blessing to others.
Thank You, Lord, for our families, friends and neighbors who go out of their way to help us. Show us opportunities we have to help others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.