And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age ...
There is no retirement in the Bible. Abraham was 100 when Isaac was born. There was new meaning in his life.
I have a goal — to retire with meaning. That meaning for me is in part-time ministry. I continue to counsel others who faced life’s trials.
Theme verses for me are those in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians — “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). In two verses we find five references to comfort. When trials come, we need comfort — through God and his Word, and through fellow comforters.
Dear Father, thank you for the joy found in comforting others. Amen.
Reflect: When has the comfort you received made a positive difference.
Read: Psalm 23 and Isaiah 40:28-31