Prayer for Old Age

Psalm 71:1-19

“Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come,” Psalm 71:18.

Ah, retirement: one thinks of sunny skies, warm weather, golf courses, cruises, life in the smooth lane. You have prepared and saved for it so why not enjoy the remaining years traveling, relaxing and enjoying life? Why? It is because there remains much work to do for the Lord.
Retirement can be a time of great accomplishment for the Lord’s work by using your job or hobby skills for Him. After retirement one is not bound by the workweek schedule and the time clock. This freedom can be used in many different ways for the Lord. Traveling to a mission field and being a substitute grandparent for a missionary family can be a wonderful blessing. Using your skills to do home or automotive repairs can help a tight mission budget.
If travel is not in your plans, but you have teaching skills that you can use, why not use them as a ministry in your church? Organizing and teaching cooking/baking, sewing, budgeting or other life skills to interested youth or adults in fellowship/family life hall can demonstrate the love of Christ. Do not be shy, speak with your pastor and church and get going using your talents for the Lord. Share what you know and be a blessing.

Retirement does not have to be a lonely time filled with doctor’s visits and concern over our latest ailment; it can be fulfilling and a blessing to share yourself with others.

Beverly Barnett

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