Truly the longest life is but a little while - when compared with eternity. It is but a tiny drop in the wide ocean; but as a grain of sand on the boundless shore Life soon passes it away - and we are gone forever And when we look forward - how soon shall we be in our graves A few more days - and we shall come to the end of our little span. Very soon the silver cord will be severed, the golden bowl will be broken - and our dust will return to the ground it came from, and our spirit will return to God who gave it. Then we will go to our eternal home and mourners go about the streets Perhaps, dear reader, you are drawing to the close of a long life. It may be that your thoughts have long been turned heavenwards. And if so, I know that a word of counsel will be welcome to you. But if, on the other hand, you have been thoughtless hitherto, I will try and make you thoughtful now. Whatever has been your past history, I want to give you in this book a few hints as to how you may turn to the best account, the time that still remains to you. I want to do you some good. I want to make your last days the best and happiest of all your life.