Susannah Mushatt Jones, thought to be the oldest person in the world, has died at the age of 116. She was said to be the last living American born in the 1800s. Born in 1899, Jones passed away after being ill for the past ten days. She apparently died in her sleep while sitting in a chair in the senior home where she lived in Brooklyn.
Emma Morano, of Italy, is now unofficially the world’s oldest person. At 116, she is just a few months younger than Jones was.
It is truly remarkable to see some individuals reach such an old age. Their longevity is impressive. However, in light of eternity, even a life that is over 100 years long is relatively brief.
James 4:14 says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Because life is short, the Psalm writer prays, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (90:12).
Most of us won’t make it past 100. No matter how many days we have left, it is fewer than we had yesterday. Our prayer and desire should be to use each day wisely, serving God as we serve others.