by T. De Witt Talmage

Is Life Worth Living?
T. De Witt Talmage
Lamentations 3:39

Lamentations 3:39 ''Wherefore doth a living man complain?''

If we leave to the evolutionists to guess where we came from and to the theologians to prophecy where we are going to, we still have left for consideration the important fact that we are here. There may be some doubt about where the river rises and some doubt about where the river empties, but there can be no doubt about the fact that we are sailing on it.

So I am not surprised that everybody asks the question, ''Is life worth living?'' Solomon in his un- happy moments says it is not. '' Vanity,'' '' vexation of spirit,'' '' no good,'' are his estimate. The fact is that Solomon was at one time a polygamist, and that soured his disposition. One wife makes a man happy; more than one makes him wretched. But Solomon was converted from polygamy to monogamy, and the last words he ever wrote, as far as we can read them, were the words '' mountains of spices.'' But Jeremiah says in my text life is worth living. In a book supposed to be doleful, and lugubrious, and sepulchral, and entitled '' Lamentations,'' he plainly intimates that the blessing of merely living is so great and grand a blessing that though a man have piled on him all misfortunes and disasters he has no right to complain. The author of my text cries out in startling intonation to all lands and to all centuries, '' Wherefore doth a living man complain? ''

A diversity of opinion in our time as well as in olden time. Here is a young man of light hair, and blue eyes, and sotmd digestion, and generous salary, and happily affianced, and on the way to become a partner in a commercial firm of which he is an important clerk. Ask him whether life is worth living? He will laugh in your face and say, ''Yes, yes, yes I''

Here is the man who has come to the forties. He is at the tip-top of the hill of life. Every step has been a stumble and a bruise. The people he trusted have turned ou ...

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