Old Folks Hike

Sometimes as we are getting older, Cheryl and I wonder how come getting around seems to be getting harder.  There are all these little things that seem to not work the way they used to.  Our joints are stiffening up. Our eyes are fuzzy, the muscles hurt,  dinner sometimes complains,  not to mention the other places.  Climbing 14ers is a thing of the past, and camping requires cots so we can get out of bed. The birds and first light wake us up.  But we still get out and enjoy our creator and His creation.  It just takes all winter to recuperate.

But why complain?

We came across Ecc. 12 today and realized that the Lord is with us all along.  How do we know?  Take a minute and read what He has to say.  How else would He know if He wasn’t on our hikes and when we got up to face the sunrise?

Ecclesiastes 12:1-14 (MSG)
1 Honor and enjoy your Creator while you’re still young, Before the years take their toll and your vigor wanes,
2 Before your vision dims and the world blurs And the winter years keep you close to the fire.
3 In old age, your body no longer serves you so well. Muscles slacken, grip weakens, joints stiffen. The shades are pulled down on the world.
4 You can’t come and go at will. Things grind to a halt. The hum of the household fades away. You are wakened now by bird-song.
5 Hikes to the mountains are a thing of the past. Even a stroll down the road has its terrors. Your hair turns apple-blossom white, Adorning a fragile and impotent matchstick body. Yes, you’re well on your way to eternal rest, While your friends make plans for your funeral.
6 Life, lovely while it lasts, is soon over. Life as we know it, precious and beautiful, ends.
7 The body is put back in the same ground it came from. The spirit returns to God, who first breathed it.
8 It’s all smoke, nothing but smoke. The Quester says that everything’s smoke.
9 Besides being wise himself, the Quester also taught others knowledge. He weighed, examined, and arranged many proverbs.
10 The Quester did his best to find the right words and write the plain truth.
11 The words of the wise prod us to live well. They’re like nails hammered home, holding life together. They are given by God, the one Shepherd.
12 But regarding anything beyond this, dear friend, go easy. There’s no end to the publishing of books, and constant study wears you out so you’re no good for anything else.
13 The last and final word is this: Fear God. Do what he tells you.
14 And that’s it. Eventually God will bring everything that we do out into the open and judge it according to its hidden intent, whether it’s good or evil.

Where is the River.

Where is the River?





Now we drive.