They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.

Psalm 92:14

Today is my husband’s last full day of work. He entered the work world delivering newspapers when he was only nine and ended as a care pastor looking at 75. We’ve talked a lot about what it looks like to retire. Mirriam-Webster defines it this way:  

  1. to withdraw from action or danger 
  2. to withdraw especially for privacy
  3. to move back
  4. to withdraw from one’s position or occupation 
  5. to go to bed

In the past ten months we have relocated, renovated, recovered from health challenges, and now retired. Each of Webster’s definitions sounds appealing but, while we will take some down time to recover, we will not stop. We think about traveling some, enjoying open calendars, and living at a slower pace. Age has slowed us down, but we’re convinced that if we’re breathing, there’s more to do.

Perhaps our friend, Pastor Marty, said it best: “Rich won’t retire, he’ll re-fire.” And that’s what we anticipate—new fire. We’re excited to see what God will do in this next chapter and expect to encounter grace-filled opportunities.

If you’re reading this, you’re breathing, and you, my friend are not finished yet either! Join us in expecting God-surprises.

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:8

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