The 'stream of time', with all the trifles that float on it!
("Life's Shortness and Vanity", A funeral sermon by Samuel Davies)
"For this world in its present form is passing away!" 1 Corinthians 7:31
The whole scheme and system of worldly affairs — all this marrying and rejoicing, and weeping, and buying, and enjoying — is passing away! It is passing away this very moment! It not only will pass away — but even now, it is passing away!
The 'stream of time', with all the trifles that float on it, and all the eager pursuers of these bubbles — is in motion, in swift, incessant motion to empty itself and all that sail upon it — into the shoreless ocean of eternity, where all will be absorbed and lost forever!
"You turn men back to dust, saying, 'Return to dust, O sons of men.' For a thousand years in Your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning — though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered. The length of our days is seventy years — or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. So teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom!" Psalm 90