I’m a long ways from retirement, but I’ve seen a few pastors struggle with it through the years. So I was curious for my dad’s advice since he seems to be doing so well with it. We had coffee last month and he emphasized several things…
This came to mind as I was studying the brief description of Simeon in Luke 2:25-26. The description is of an older, godly man who was well-prepared to encounter Jesus, based on these traits…
With that in mind, a question came up as I was glancing at Luke 2:26: Maybe God’s keeping us around so that we can live to see something? We tend to think of our purpose in terms of things we do. And while that may be important, it’s certainly not the whole of life. God also has things in store for us to see.
Here I think of my grandfather, James A. McHenry, Sr. He died in the summer of 2010 at the age of 90. We were all thankful for him, and glad that he lived long enough to see some things. He attended our wedding in July of 2009. He lived long enough to see his youngest grandson (my cousin) become a high school graduate. He had active life, making dollhouses and refurbishing furniture in his retirement. But even when those days were over, he still had some experiences ahead of him. It’s a useful thing to ponder what God has in store for us.
God bless you.
Pastor – First Congregational Church of Emporia, Kansas
Pastor-elect - Craig Memorial Congregational Church of Paradise, California
The blog of Andrew McHenry, Pastor of First Congregational Church of Emporia, Kansas.