Eccl 12:5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: 6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
I believe each life should be lived to its fullest and to the very last breath. But once the silver cord breaks and life's days are through, the dust from which we have been formed will return to the earth. It is then that the spirit takes wing and flies to the One who gave it.
Oh, so many friends and loved ones have traversed the valley of the shadow in recent months. Our hearts cry out in weary loneliness for their company. No longer do they provide us with their winsome fellowship. They have gone on high with the bright and shining angels. They have gained their heavenly mansion. Their earthly pitchers and bowls are broken, but their eternal souls are livelier than ever before.
Our believing loves ones have gone to their long home. It may be that we have one more valley, one more hill, one more trial, one more tear, one more curve in life's road, maybe one more mile to go, then we can lay down our heavy load when we get home!