Originally posted by Kathy Boecher – atimetoshare.me on 7/12/14
Edith Wharton was a writer from the late 18th to the early 19h Century who came from a life of privilege. One of her contemporaries was Theodore Roosevelt. The fact that she came from a wealthy family and lacked for nothing seemed to have nothing to do with her writing, since most of it concerned the problems of poverty in her time. Her novel, “The Age of Innocence” received the Pulitzer Prize.
Most folks might think it easy for her to write about the ills of destitution from her ivory tower in New York. Most of us might even express our thoughts by declaring, “Easy for her to say. ” It’s easy to imagine being rich and having no worries about anything except being consumed with our writing.
Being wealthy doesn’t guarantee a life of comfort for us. Money comes in handy when it’s time to pay the rent or buy groceries, but it isn’t the key to happiness.
Edith was married to a man 12 years her senior. He was a successful banker. I don’t think she married him out of love. It would seem that her life just kept getting better and better. It wasn’t long before her husband started showing his attention to younger women and squandering money on them. His mental instability must have had a profound effect on her. She also proved to be unfaithful to her husband with a three year affair with an American journalist, before their divorce in 1913. Not such a perfect life after all.
Earthly wealth can vanish in an instant, but eternal riches lie with Jesus and His saving grace.