My husband amazes me. Okay, I know I’m likely to be a little biased, but I honestly believe he’s something special. Today he has retired for the fourth time! After forty-five years in ministry, serving in four different churches plus seven years as a ‘Superintendent of Missions’ for BC, Alberta and the Yukon, his official retirement was in 2003. Since then, however, he has continued in unofficial ministry.
Our Presbytery — the local governing body for Presbyterian churches in our geographical area — appointed him to look after a vacant congregation, to do some pastoral care, preach occasionally, but mainly to help the people find a new minister. Not just once, mind you, but in three different churches. The first two appointments took eighteen months each; this last one has been a thirty-four month endeavour, interrupted by a year in the middle. Sunday it reached a happy conclusion with the induction of their new minister.
He’s doing what he loves, but with way more energy than I put into doing anything I love! He knows he’s doing what God intends, and often likes to say, “God grant me days for my work, and work for my days.”
He says he’s truly retired this time, but he likes to keep busy, so I suspect he’ll just turn his attention to new challenges.
Did I mention he had open heart surgery fifteen years ago?
Happy fourth retirement, Hon! You’re amazing!
“And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.” [I Samuel 2:35]
“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” [Ephesians 4:1a-6]