Sermon: A Harvest Challenge

I had an important birthday last December and was bought the inevitable book of quotations about old age. Here is a sample:

“Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.”  (Jennifer Yane) 

Then there is Shakespeare’s famous piece:

“The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side,
His youthful hose well sav'd, a world too wide,
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again towards childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything. 

I think I’m beginning to feel depressed. Even more so when I read Cicero:”As