In a few years?

(by Thomas Chalmers, 1780 - 1847)

"Teach us to number our days aright, that
 we may gain a heart of wisdom." Ps. 90:12

How perishable is human life, yet no one
lays it to heart. With the magnificence of
eternity before us, let time, with all its
fluctuations, dwindle into its own littleness.

In a few years our heads will be laid in the cold
grave, and the green turf will cover us. The children
who come after us will tread upon our graves.

They will weep for us a few days.

They will talk of us a few months.

They will remember us a few years.

Then our memory shall disappear from the face of the
earth, and not a tongue shall be found to recall it.

"If only they were wise and would understand this
and discern what their end will be!" Deut. 32:29

O God, help me to live for Your glory. As the
years roll over me, may I withdraw my affections
from time, and feel that in moving through the
world, I am moving toward eternity.