In the Psalms we can read:
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. (90:10)
Today, there is nothing particularly remarkable in living beyond the three score and ten years and enjoying an active life. This is not to say that old age has been conquered, or that death and infirmity will not creep up on us. Inevitably, if we are lucky this will happen at the end of a rich and full life. If we are not lucky death will come much sooner. Septuagenarians and those who are even older are fortunate for they have a life time of experience to look back on. Yet, often at this age, life's misgivings and grievances may continue to dog the personal outlook so that as we grow older and death approaches dissatisfaction remains leaving the spirit no sense of closure. We are told that the object of the spiritual life is to achieve unity with God but we cannot begin to achieve this without acceptance or surrender. John Lennon once sang that 'love is surrender' and Eckart Tolle in his famous 'Power of Now' wrote that our negativity arises from a rejection of 'what is'.
In the Lord's Prayer we have the phrase, 'thy will be done'. Whether you are a believer or not, the simple truth is that we are not ultimately in control. The internet goes down. Travelling, we meet unplanned road closures. All of this is expressed in Robert Burns' immortal words:
'The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men
Gang aft agley'
Jesus told a story about a farmer who received a bumper crop (Luke 12:13-21) On that day, so delighted was this man that he decided to replace his barns with even bigger barns to store his produce. He envisaged that he would be able to enjoy a life of ease and plenty for years to come. However, God had already planned that the farmer's life would end that night. The story was told to remind us that the things of this world are only temporary and that our spiritual life is far more important. If we can accept this, we will find peace and equanimity, we will find eternal life.
My best wishes as always,