To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:2021 (NIV)
HAVING to accept mandatory retirement a few years ago from a university job that I loved, I felt that a door had been closed forever. I missed being around young people; I felt my daily interaction with them kept me young in thought and in spirit. Retirement has also become financially draining; so when God opened a window of opportunity for me to substitute teach, I felt twice blessed.
I spend a lot of time on my knees now, both physically with the children and spiritually because of the children. I pray for them, for their parents, and for those challenged with the responsibility of teaching them. I hadn’t expected to begin my retirement this early; nor was this the way I had planned to spend it.
Change has definitely become harder for me as I have grown older. However, because my faith is strong, I am able to trust God and remain open and full of hope. Doing so has brought a life much fuller than anything I might have envisioned and has also allowed me to meet my financial obligations.
Anne Sheffield (Virginia)
Dear Lord, help us to discover our purpose and to live it in ways that bring us closer to you. Amen.
Thought for the Day
What seems to us like and end can be God’s door into a new beginning
Prayer Focus: Those facing mandatory retirement
Taken from The Upper Room