"Well Stricken In Years"

J. D. Conley
February 4, 2018

The phrase above in conjunction with "well stricken in age," is used to describe the advanced ages of Abraham, Sarah, Zacharias and Elisabeth, in (Genesis 18:11,24:1; Luke 1:7,18). This Biblical terminology could certainly be applied to our sister in Christ, Mary Niceswanger, of the Sixth and Washington congregation, who recently passed away at the age of 111. To know of someone living that long is a rarity. To give some perspective on how long ago Mary was born, Theodore Roosevelt was serving as President. The automobile, or "horseless carriage," was a brand new invention. Motion pictures (without sound) were a novelty, and radiobroadcasting was just beginning. It's astounding to contemplate all of the changes she saw take place in her lifetime!

But death inevitably arrives sooner or later. It did for Methuselah after his 969th birthday, as it did for Abraham at age 175. The Bible teaches, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrew 9:27). The Divine record also emphasizes the brevity and fragility of life. "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away" (James 4:14). It matters not if we live past the century mark, life is soon gone and we pass on into eternity.

Therefore, our concern should not be how to add years to our life, but how to add life to our years. As in all things, Jesus set us an example, (1 Peter 2:21). He only lived 33 short years here on earth, but no life ever accomplished more. He truly showed us how to live! "He went about doing good" (Acts 10:38). What better thing could be said about you or I?

May we use what time we have left here to live as Christ lived. If we are blessed to be "well stricken in years," may we strive to do well each day of those fleeting years.